Channel 4 called in lawyers after the cast of its controversial reality show Married At First Sight UK ran riot during a night out despite their welfare team being present.
The network threatened to axe three individuals appearing on the dating series this year over their ‘wild partying.’
Bosses at the broadcaster were left so incensed by the ‘rule breaking’ that a legal team was put in place to draw up new contracts banning all contestants from venturing into central London, permitting them to stay in Wembley, the location of their shared apartment block.
It sparked fury among the cast who had not attended the ‘outrageous bash’, held in one of the flats, causing them to hit out at producers for ‘treating them like children’ after being ‘stripped’ of their privileges.
The incident took place at Wembley’s Box Park after one of the show’s boozy dinner parties where couples taking part in the experiment – which sees them marry their partner having met them for the first time at the alter – mingle and share their thoughts on the process.
Channel 4 called in lawyers after the cast of its controversial reality show Married At First Sight UK ran riot during a night out despite their welfare team being present
The network threatened to axe three individuals appearing on the dating series this year over their ‘wild partying’
Bosses at the broadcaster were left so incensed by the ‘rule breaking’ that a legal team was put in place to draw up new contracts banning all contestants from venturing into central London
A TV insider told MailOnline: ‘The cast had been getting to know each other better during a night out after filming one of the dinner parties and were chaperoned by the welfare team.
‘They continued the party at their home in one of the apartments in Wembley, where producers put them up during the series to live with their new spouse.
‘But the night took an unexpected turn, and three cast members were reprimanded the next day for their actions.
‘The entire cast were spoken to either as individuals or in their couples by CPL Productions and were warned about how serious the situation was and to not do the same again.
‘But the contestants who weren’t involved felt the decision to punish them as a group was ‘unfair’ and they ended up being treated like children.’
Married At First Sight UK sees singletons marry after meeting on their wedding day and begin living together as husband and wife at an apartment building in Wembley.
Viewers saw divorcee Laura Vaughan marry Arthur Poremba, both 34, on Monday night’s launch episode as well as sales manager Jay Howard, 31, say ‘I do’ to Luke Worley, 30.
The cast this year includes Ella Morgan, 29, who is the first transgender contestant to take part and in Tuesday’s instalment she marries pansexual model and reality star Nathanial Valentino, 36.
Sales manager Jay Howard said ‘I do’ to Luke Worley and the newlyweds appeared to hit it off after meeting for the first time on their wedding day
Viewers saw divorcee Laura Vaughan (pictured) marry Arthur Poremba on Monday night’s launch episode
The cast this year includes Ella Morgan, who is the first transgender contestant to take part and in Tuesday’s instalment she marries pansexual model and reality star Nathanial Valentino
Last week, MailOnline told of how the reality series had sparked a ‘fakery’ row after pretending that Nathanial was not aware he was marrying a trans woman.
The broadcaster admitted that they told the groom in advance of the TV ceremony despite him acting shocked at the revelation.
During last year’s series former contestant George Roberts was accused of being emotionally abusive by three ex-girlfriends, claims which he denies.
His TV wife, former Miss Great Britain April Banbury confessed that she needed therapy after marrying George and said the ‘traumas’ from being on the E4 show had been ‘ruining her life.’
Speaking last October, she said: ‘People say Love Island is brutal, but MAFS is 100 per cent worse.
‘No one should apply to take part until they put in place more stringent background checks.’
A Channel 4 Spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘The welfare of all contributors on Married At First Sight UK is of paramount importance.
‘Each individual agrees to a standard of behaviour before commencing filming and we take appropriate action on a case-by-case basis if contributors fall below that standard.’