Jay-Jay Harvey says sorry for Tom Cruise prank

Simon Barnett and Gary McCormick were the victims of a cruel prank.
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Simon Barnett and Gary McCormick were the victims of a cruel prank.

The Edge's Jay-Jay Harvey has officially apologised for a Tom Cruise-centric prank on her co-worker, which went badly wrong.

More FM host Simon Barnett did a live interview with a man he believed to be Tom Cruise, who was actually an impostor.

Barnett and co-host Gary McCormick spoke with the man for 15 minutes about his career and movies, before discovering it was a prank organised by The Edge. The practical joke sparked a huge outcry, with some labelling it as workplace bullying.

The prank was uncovered when The Edge hosts Dominic Harvey and Jay-Jay Harvey broke into the interview, telling Barnett ...
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The prank was uncovered when The Edge hosts Dominic Harvey and Jay-Jay Harvey broke into the interview, telling Barnett that the man on the line was actually an impostor.

At the time, Barnett said: "That's pretty groundbreaking radio right there ... that is truly disappointing. That's actually not even funny."

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The Edge's Jay-Jay Harvey put out a statement on Facebook apologising for the prank.

"We sincerely thought Si and Gary would find our prank call funny and laugh it off, calling us out, and maybe even get us back one day," Harvey said in the statement.

"We did not mean to upset them like we did. We have been very good work friends with Simon over the years, and we have even had him on our show to do a funny bit when he wanted to win Justin Bieber tickets from us.

"When I heard his producer Sam crying, my heart sunk in my chest. None of us saw that coming and we would never have wanted that to happen. What sort of person would want that?

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"I have been in contact with Simon and personally apologised and he has replied. We both had a good discussion and I understand how he felt at the time. I asked for his forgiveness and he gave it to me.

"I have also messaged Sam, who I adore. I was having a few wines with her at the radio awards just last week, so of course I feel horrible for upsetting her like that."

Harvey also apologised to anyone else upset at the prank, ending the statement by saying she hoped her co-workers would get to talk to the real Tom Cruise.

 - Stuff

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