The two came under fire from the public after the live show aired. Before erupting into a tirade, Kills’ called contestant Joe Irvine a doppelganger of Moon and accused Irvine of ripping off Moon’s style.
“As an artist who respects creative integrity and intellectual property, I am disgusted at how much you have copied my husband, from the hair to the suit,” she said. “Do you not have any value or respect for originality? You’re a laughingstock. It’s cheesy, it’s disgusting.”
Soon after Moon continued to comment on Irvine’s look: “To me, it just feels a little bit cheap and absurd.”
Thousands of people signed a Change.org petition that urged for the removal of Kills from the X-Factor New Zealand judges panel.
“I love you guys, thanks for your support & understanding my passionate opinions! You know what they say about me…” Kills said in the tweet with a link to her video for “Problem”.
Moon has yet to make a public statement on being fired.
MediaWorks’ (the station which airs New Zealand) chief executive Mark Weldon announced the pairings firing saying that the network “no longer have confidence that Kills and Moon are the right people to perform the role of X Factor judges and they will leave the show, effective immediately.”
Though Kills tweeted about the incident no official comments have been made about losing their jobs.