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The Talker: Aussie DJs` give tearful apology, but are they to blame?

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The Australian DJs whose prank seemed to contribute to the death of the nurse treating Kate Middleton for severe morning sickness have broken their silence, and given a tearful apology.

Michael Christian and Mel Greig said they never expected to be taken seriously when they called the hospital where the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was receiving treatment, pretending to be the Queen of England asking for an update on Middleton's condition.

Christian and Greig spoke with nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who took the DJs's prank to be true and transferred the call to a colleague that gave some details about how Middleton was doing. Later, Saldanha committed suicide. Her family said she died of "shame."

The Aussie DJs said they were devastated by the tragedy of her death.

"Shattered, gutted, heartbroken and obviously, you know, our deepest sympathies are with the family and the friends of all those affected," Christian said. "Mel and myself are incredibly sorry for this situation, and what's happened. We hope that they're doing ok and they've getting the love and support that they deserve and they need right now. But I mean personally, I'm gutted."

"There's not a minute that goes by that we don't think about the family and what they must be going through," Greig said. "The thought that we may have played a part in that is gut-wrenching."

Christian and Greig remain suspended by the radio station.

TMZ Executive Producer Harvey Levin also reported some shocking details on the radio station's past, and how the pranks are not new – in fact, they had far-reaching affects on the prank-ees.

Do you blame the DJs for this? Did the two deserve to have their show canceled?

"It is a freak thing, but somebody should be held responsible, because, come on, you don't just prank call somebody and don't expect any backlash from it," one man told FOX 32.

Another girl told us she doesn't think the DJs are to blame. "So many radio stations all over are doing these prank calls," she said. "How are they gonna know that someone's gonna kill themself over the backlash?

On Facebook, Vera says, "there may have been underlying issues we don't know about. It shows how even a seemingly harmless prank can have horrific results."

Barb says, "I blame no one. The prank was not intended to push someone to suicide. If anyone knew ahead of time that this nurse was so thin-skinned and had suicidal tendencies, surely it would have never happened."

And Fran says, "What they did was a form of bullying. For every action is a reaction. They are partially to blame. The media need to learn their limits!"

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