'I'm shaking': Married At First Sight NZ stars react to fiery reunion episode

The stars of Married At First Sight NZ have taken to social media to share their reactions to the hostile dinner party reunion episode. 

Several of the participants faced off in fiery show-downs that prompted tears, swearing and even threats of physical violence. 

James told Christopher he'd "knock him out shortly, c**t", before calling Vicky a "slut", telling producers "sluts will be sluts". He also called Jono "a queen", who told the group his ex-husband Ray "put him through hell". 

The backlash to the behaviour of some of the participants has been swift on social media, with many viewers accusing Ray and James of bullying. 

James' wife Carmen posted a tearful selfie to her Instagram Story, explaining that he was "his own human" and "people make mistakes". 

'I'm shaking': Married At First Sight NZ stars react to fiery reunion episode
Photo credit: Instagram/Carmen Stimpson

"I'm the first to tell ol' mate he shouldn't have said that," she wrote, referring to James' comments about Vicky. 

"Won't be sleeping or eating for a while okay cool goodnight." 

Meanwhile, both James and Ray have remained unapologetic for their actions, instead posting screenshots of their private message inbox showing angry reactions from the public. 

'I'm shaking': Married At First Sight NZ stars react to fiery reunion episode
Photo credit: Instagram/Ray Wedlake

"Damn you're an asshole," one message to Ray reads. Others include "You're a smarmy little git", and "Absolute nasty bully". 

Another message sent to Ray says "I hope there are many more deaths in your family," following a Woman's Day interview he gave about losing his brother. 

'I'm shaking': Married At First Sight NZ stars react to fiery reunion episode
Photo credit: Instagram/James Hardy

A screenshot posted to James' story showed him telling a viewer: "Get a life, c**t," after they suggested the way he treated Vicky wasn't right. 

Jono, who left the party after an ongoing stouche with his ex-husband Ray, said he was "shaking" after watching the episode. 

"I can accept being called a queen and two-faced, mocked for sticking up for myself," he wrote on Instagram. 

"But when Vicky has the moxy to tell two bullies to shut up and she gets called despicable and vile words (a word that needs to be retired forever) for her trouble, it's just not OK." 

'I'm shaking': Married At First Sight NZ stars react to fiery reunion episode
Photo credit: Instagram/Victoria Fuller

Vicky, who works as a school teacher, wrote on her Instagram Story that she hoped any of her students who watched the episode would learn a lesson about standing up to bullies. 

"Let's not stoop to their level," she wrote. "Be weary of online bullying, it's not worth it." 

The final episode of Married At First Sight NZ airs at 7.30pm, Monday night on Three. Previous episodes can be viewed on ThreeNow

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