Natalia Kills and Willy Moon Apologize, Blame Secretive Behind-the-Scenes Sorcery for Their Behavior

Kills and Moon on 'X Factor'
Watch them bully contestant Joe Irvine on live TV.

Perhaps realizing that no one likes them or is likely to support what’s left of their careers, Natalia Kills and Willy Moon have issued official apologies about their bullying behavior on New Zealand’s X Factor.

Both musicians took to Twitter to share statements regarding their firing from X Factor after they teamed up for a bizarre tirade against contestant Joe Irvine. “At last,” Kills says, she’s “finally able to break the silence.” Read her statement below:

For easier reading, here is her statement in plain text form:

“A lot goes on behind-the-scenes of a reality show and what you see isn’t always the whole story. The show brought me on to bring my passion, dramatic expression and perspective. I was encouraged to be outspoken and things got out of hand. Joe, I hope you can forgive me and I wish you all the best! Be natural, unconvential and be you!”

Moon tweeted a similar statement:

Once again, for easier reading:

“The reality of ‘reality’ TV is that there’s a lot the viewer doesn’t see. The show encourages judges to be forthright and highly opinionated. It went too far and I never intended to single anyone out. I wish the contestants, crew and particularly Joe, all the best.”

While both statements do include (half-hearted) apologies, neither Kills nor Moon takes full responsibility for their behavior. Instead, they offer vague excuses about “behind-the-scenes” shenanigans that compelled them to act out. Though, in an earlier statement to MTV Australia, Kills did say that “there are many sides to this story and I am not about to get an entire industry in trouble,” she also shut down the “conspiracy theory” that she and Moon had been prodded into their tirade as a ratings stunt. What is one supposed to believe? One may never know.

For now, we hope, this story has reached its end. After an apology, however lame it may be, there is nothing more to be said. Until, of course, Kills and Moon decide to detail the behind-the-scenes drama that they believe ultimately got them fired.