Well, this is a devastating day for our nation.
Ten had previously announced that Australian Idol winner and musician Casey Donovan would join Walkley-nominated documentarian Patrick Abboud on a televised quest to uncover the truth about online relationships.
The pair said their TV show would come to the aid of everyday Australians who had suspicions about their internet love interests, with Casey and Patrick joining forces to uncover the real identities behind online profiles.
Listen to hosts Laura Brodnik and Kee Reece explain why Catfish Australia has been abruptly canceled on Mamamia’s daily entertainment podcast The Spill.
Ten then put out a call for Aussies to share their own stories on the show, with the online application reading, “Are you in a relationship with someone but are yet to meet in real life? Has this been going on too long and starting to affect your everyday life? Are you beginning to wonder if it is actually real or not? Or have you not been completely truthful to someone about who you are and want to come clean? No matter the story, we want to hear from you! Conversations with a producer are confidential and will not be filmed.”
But alas, no catfish victims were prepared to share their stories with the wider world and Casey.
The news was first reported by TV Blackbox and the cancellation was then confirmed by a Network Ten spokesperson who said the production failed to find the right people to take part in the show.