He’s faced off against fellow Blockheads Luke and Josh and Tanya and Vito, now Mitch has sparked a fresh feud with The Block judge Shaynna Blaze, accusing her and her fellow judges of belittling this year’s contestants.
“Shaynna has a wicked tongue,” Mitch, 58, tells Woman’s Day. “She continues through the whole season. It doesn’t sit well when you’re willing to make nasty, hurtful comments that seem to be for your own self-elevation.”
In recent episodes, viewers have seen Shaynna, 58, blast the team’s work as “weird” and “so wrong”, while fellow judge Neale Whitaker, 59, deemed their work “dangerous”.
In fact, Mitch says he’s downright “uncomfortable” watching the show this year because he feels that Shaynna, Neale, and co-judge Darren Palmer, 43, “seem to be grand-standing to keep themselves alive on The Block and keep the audience interested by making silly unfounded comments”.
He goes as far as labelling their behaviour “bullying”.
“For Shaynna to make comments like ‘I hate it and then for Neale to say it’s better for our room to burn down... they know that people have worked really, really hard and to be so disrespectful – in my view, it’s borderline bullying,” he says. And while Darren hasn’t been quite so scathing about Mitch and Mark’s build, he did call their work “a planning disaster.”
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