- The Voice Australia is in hot water after audience members claim they were held on set for nearly nine hours.
- A representative for the show confirmed the taping ran over, but denied claims that anyone was "held against their will."
has claimed that The Voice Australia audience members were allegedly held "against my will" during a recent taping of the show. He reported the news on his 2Day FM breakfast show and described in detail the "disastrous day of filming" that took place at Fox Studios in Sydney.
"They were running three hours over and the audience had already been there for nearly nine hours," he said. "It got so bad that the audience . . . started booing."
Grant explained that the crowd began "revolting" and every time the coaches pressed their buzzers, people would shout "boo."
"The staff had to lock all the doors to the recording studio and they manned the doors and refused to let anybody out," he went on. "People were trying to storm out and leave and say, 'You can't stop me!' And they were saying, 'Yes we can!'"
When the show's production team started "blocking the exits," the situation became more serious—and people reportedly alerted the authorities.
"They were calling [the police] at the exits saying, 'I’m being held against my will at Studio 3 in Fox studios at The Voice set,'" the radio star said.
Grant did not reveal the source behind his information about the taping, but an audience member echoed his claims while speaking to .
Caller John described his experience as "traumatizing" and "hectic."
"We got there at 2 o'clock and it was only supposed to go until 7:30," he explained. "At 10:30 I walked out, and it was still going."
During the nine hours John was on set, he said he was only given a bottle of water and a bag of chips. He did not hear any booing and thought the contestants were still "outstanding."
Despite the scenario described by Grant and John, the reality show denies any claims that the audience was improperly detained.
"The records for the Knockout round did run over, as often filming does, but no one was held against their will and was free to leave as soon as it was safe to do so," a spokeswoman for The Voice said in a statement to . "The studio doors were not locked nor were exits blocked. Our priority and responsibility is the safety of the audience and crew in a working studio.”