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16/03/2015 15:04 GMT | Updated 16/03/2015 15:59 GMT

‘X Factor New Zealand' Judges Willy Moon And Natalia Kills In Fresh Controversy Over Car Park Argument

X Factor New Zealand’ judges Natalia Kills and Willy Moon have hit headlines thanks to their vicious takedown of contestant Joe Irvine, but that isn’t the only controversy that’s landed them in hot water.

Over the weekend, the married couple became involved in a bitter Twitter argument, when TV3, the network that airs ‘X Factor NZ’, issued an apology following a car park dispute between Willy and an Auckland mother.

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Willy and Natalia

TV3’s apology came after the New Zealand Herald published details of an argument, during which Willy reportedly called a woman a “c***”.

The paper reports that Tracey Neal-Gailer was parking outside a bakery in Kingsland, when the TV judge thought she had stolen his space.

"He was a passenger in a car being driven by a woman and he became very upset when I pulled into a space before him, even though I had the right of way," she tells the paper. "He got out of the car and was waving his finger at me and saying, 'No, no, no.’

“He then snarled, 'That was so rude', as we both went into the bakery."

"This is a man who is supposed to mentor young people on national television and what he said was disgraceful," she adds. "I couldn't believe it when he twice hissed at me, 'You are such a c***'."

Despite TV3’s apology, Willy tweeted to the paper, and it didn’t take long for his wife to jump to his defence.

After retweeting her husband’s messages, Natalia added: “Why did you invent a quote my husband @willymoon NEVER said?! He never apologized to that c*** lady. Stop defending her bullying.”

On Monday morning, it was announced that the couple have both been sacked from the talent show panel, following their “completely unacceptable” comments, aimed at 25-year-old hopeful Joe Irvine.

MediaWorks’ chief executive, Mark Weldon, the chief executive of MediaWorks, who own TV3, released a statement, which reads: “While the judges on ‘X Factor’ are expected to provide critiques of the performances, we will not tolerate such destructive tirades from any of the judges.

“Contestants put their all into this competition and they should expect to receive feedback and criticism that is professional and constructive.

"We 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.”

Watch the rant that lost them their jobs above...

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