Within hours of the finale episode airing Verrall – whose experimental marriage to Jono Pitman exploded halfway through season two – released a torrent of abuse towards the producers and “relationship experts” she says failed her and other contestants.
Speaking on air with KIIS’ Kyle & Jackie O, the 32-year-old explained her anger towards Channel Nine.
Now she’s freshly out of her contractual obligations to the network, she didn’t hold back.
Citing that she was matched with a man she says had “aggression problems”, Clare believes it was negligent decision given she was suffering from PTSD following being randomly attacked on the street eight months prior to filming.
‘He had a very hot head, and would blow up and make great TV,’ she told the co-hosts on Wednesday morning.
‘In my situation, I’m very angry at Channel Nine, because they knowingly set me [someone with PTSD] up with someone who has aggression problems. And they thought that would make great TV.’
The self-proclaimed animal rescuer and feminist also said that Channel Nine’s provision of mental health services was inadequate.
‘We do have a psychologist, but if you read the contract, it says anything you share with the psychologist is shared back to Nine.
‘I didn’t get out of bed for a month after that show went to air, it completely retriggered me. There are serious consequences to this sort of show.’
Meanwhile, Kyle was keen to learn more about the property management consultant’s relationship with Jono, asking:”Clare did you sleep with this bloke that you were matched up with?”
After slight hesitation, the former TV star revealed the pair had, in fact, slept together.
‘Uhhh, my parents listen to this show, but yes,’ she said. ‘[It was] on the honeymoon, we’d been together for three days and it was his birthday.’
“Were you compatible in that area?” Kyle responded.
“Oh god no, the whole thing was a disaster.”
“I went on to the show purely to meet somebody and with earnest intentions. I wandered into it at Bambi and came limping out of it as some kind of dying monster.”
According to Clare, the contestants "have really been set up", especially when it comes to those explosive dinner party arguments.
'For example, Bella who was pushing a sex question at the dinner party,' Clare continued. 'The producers tell one person to do that every year. They pushed her to say that, and now she's the villain.'