Popular reality TV music show The X-Factor last night faced a tidal wave of anger from fans after booting West Australian candidate Josh Brookes off the show for alleged “inappropriate” behaviour on social media.
“During an out of hours social media session Josh behaved in an inappropriate manner that put him in breach of his responsibilities to the program,” a statement from Channel 7 said.
Program producers FremantleMedia Australia and Channel 7 then made the decision to remove the 20-year-old Merriwa singer from the competition.
The WA-boy will return to Perth following his disqualification from the show.
“Josh Brookes got disqualified? lol looks like I won’t be watching XFactor anymore,” Twitter user FlawlessFlores tweeted.
“Not watching xfactor anymore because i think its selfish how they disqualified @j_brookez .. You are amazing Josh!,” user @Treahnmossman tweeted.
It is believed the singer got into trouble for an online video posted on You Tube with fellow contestant Adil Memon, asking women to post seductive pictures. Memon was voted off the show this week.
“Start posting seductive banana tweets because we are following,” Mr Brookes says in the video.
Mr Memon’s Twitter account had last night been suspended.
Josh’s mother, Lynda Brookes, said tonight she had not heard anything from her son of the program producers since the announcement.
She said she knew “nothing” about the incident that sparked his removal.
The producers will make an announcement in the coming days about his replacement, the statement said.