Channel Nine shares a sneak peek at The Block’s most shocking moment

The Block 2022: Channel Nine shares sneak peek at the shocking moment influencers Elle Ferguson and Joel Patfull QUIT the competition

Influencers Elle Ferguson and Joel Patfull sensationally quit The Block this season. 

And Nine shared a sneak peek on Tuesday after the stylish couple opted to leave the regional Victorian set.

‘I am in total shock. They didn’t say goodbye. They didn’t say thanks for having us,’ host Scott Cam said in the trailer. 

The Block 2022: Channel Nine has shared a sneak peek at the shocking moment influencers Elle Ferguson and Joel Patfull QUIT the competition in a new trailer. Pictured: Scott Cam

The Block 2022: Channel Nine has shared a sneak peek at the shocking moment influencers Elle Ferguson and Joel Patfull QUIT the competition in a new trailer. Pictured: Scott Cam

The trailer shared the confusion Scott Cam and producers had when the couple left the series. 

‘Why would you leave after two days?’ a voice could be heard.

Another voiceover called the unfolding situation the ‘television shock of the year’ after it was confirmed the couple left. 

'I am in total shock. They didn't say goodbye. They didn't say thanks for having us,' host Scott Cam said in the trailer

‘I am in total shock. They didn’t say goodbye. They didn’t say thanks for having us,’ host Scott Cam said in the trailer

No couple has ever quit The Block in its 18 seasons. 

Julian Cress, the show’s creator, said the crew were blindsided when the couple downed tools during the first week of shooting in April.   

While Elle and Joel insist they quit because of a family emergency, Mr Cress told the Herald Sun this week it may have been due to more superficial concerns.

Another voiceover called the unfolding situation the 'television shock of the year' after it was confirmed the couple left. Pictured: Scott Cam

Another voiceover called the unfolding situation the ‘television shock of the year’ after it was confirmed the couple left. Pictured: Scott Cam

He claimed Elle, a 36-year-old fashion influencer from Bondi, baulked at the idea of donning hi-vis workwear instead of her usual chic wardrobe.  

Mr Cress also cast doubt on the couple’s claim they were forced to leave the show to care for Joel’s ailing mother after she had a nasty fall at her home in Adelaide.

‘[Elle] seemed a bit shocked that she was going to have to spend 12 weeks in hi-vis on a worksite,’ he said.  

Others teams were seen looking shocked as the news of the team's departure was told to them

Others teams were seen looking shocked as the news of the team’s departure was told to them

Mr Cress said he was impressed by the couple’s performance in the first challenge of the season, so was ‘dumbstruck’ when they called him late on April 15 to say they weren’t enjoying themselves and feared the show ‘was not quite on brand for them’.

He arranged to have a meeting with them the next morning, but by the time he arrived at the building site they had already packed up and left.

‘They never spoke to any of us again,’ he added.  

While Elle and Joel (pictured) insist they quit because of a family emergency, Mr Cress told the Herald Sun it may have been due to more superficial concerns

While Elle and Joel (pictured) insist they quit because of a family emergency, Mr Cress told the Herald Sun it may have been due to more superficial concerns

Mr Cress acknowledged Joel’s mother did have an accident in Adelaide, and confirmed production had paid to fly the couple interstate to see her the week before filming began.

But he disputed claims in the media that Joel and Elle only quit because they had been unable to get confirmation from producers that they could ‘come and go’ from the construction site in Gisborne to visit his ailing mother.

‘I can understand why they did not feel they didn’t get an answer to that question, because they never asked it,’ he said.

Julian Cress (pictured), who has oversees The Block, said the crew was blindsided when the Sydney couple downed tools during the first week of shooting in April

Julian Cress (pictured), who has oversees The Block, said the crew was blindsided when the Sydney couple downed tools during the first week of shooting in April 

Mr Cress added that The Block is always willing to accommodate teams during family emergencies, and once shut down production for an entire week in 2013 when the mother of one of the contestants fell ill.

‘We are not the kind of program that says no to somebody going to visit a sick mother. We never have been, we never will be,’ he said.  

The Block premieres Sunday, August 7 at 7pm on Channel Nine

While the pair insist they quit the production because of a family emergency, Mr Cress told the Herald Sun that Elle (pictured), a 36-year-old fashion influencer from Bondi, baulked at the idea of donning hi-vis workwear instead of her usual chic wardrobe

While the pair insist they quit the production because of a family emergency, Mr Cress told the Herald Sun that Elle (pictured), a 36-year-old fashion influencer from Bondi, baulked at the idea of donning hi-vis workwear instead of her usual chic wardrobe

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