The Block’s executive producer admits the show has ‘jumped the shark’ after this year’s auctions saw Omar and Oz’s home sell for almost $6million

Omar Slaimankhel and Oz Malik made Block history after they took home a record $1.6million prize money during Sunday night’s finale.

But according to the show’s executive producer Julian Cress, this historic sale could be a worrying sign the long-running program has officially ‘jumped the shark’.

‘Jumping the shark’ is a TV term for when a series has overstayed its welcome by resorting to gimmicks or using far-fetched ideas just for the sake of novelty.

According to The Block's executive producer Julian Cress (pictured), Omar and Oz's sale could be a worrying sign the long-running program has officially 'jumped the shark'

According to The Block’s executive producer Julian Cress (pictured), Omar and Oz’s sale could be a worrying sign the long-running program has officially ‘jumped the shark’ 

It derives from a 1977 episode of the sitcom Happy Days when the character Fonzie jumped over a shark while on water-skis – a storyline later regarded as stupid.

Cress previously told TV Tonight The Block would be ‘jumping that shark’ if the homes sold for $5million to $6million.

He said this would make the series like ‘property porn’ shows such as Luxe Listings and Selling Sunset, and therefore less relatable to everyday Aussies.

Cress previously said The Block would be 'jumping that shark' if the homes sold for $5m to $6m. He said this would make the series like 'property porn' shows such as Luxe Listings and Selling Sunset, and therefore less relatable to everyday Aussies. (Pictured: host Scott Cam)

Cress previously said The Block would be ‘jumping that shark’ if the homes sold for $5m to $6m. He said this would make the series like ‘property porn’ shows such as Luxe Listings and Selling Sunset, and therefore less relatable to everyday Aussies. (Pictured: host Scott Cam)

Cress may have to think carefully about this statement, as Sunday’s finale saw Omar and Oz sell their reno for $5,666,666.

The western Sydney mates made the largest sum of all five houses, far exceeding the $4.08million reserve, taking home a record-breaking $1.6million in prize money.

Ryan and Rachel Carr placed second, selling their home for a $169,000 profit.

Cress may have to think carefully about this statement, as Sunday's finale saw Omar Slaimankhel and Oz Malik (pictured) sell their reno for $5,666,666

Cress may have to think carefully about this statement, as Sunday’s finale saw Omar Slaimankhel and Oz Malik (pictured) sell their reno for $5,666,666 

But there was also heartache for two couples, Ankur Dogra and Sharon Johal, and Jenny Heath and Dylan Adams, who failed to sell their homes at auction.

Tom Calleja and Sarah-Jane Wilson didn’t fare much better, with their home going for a profit of just $20,000, forcing them to sell their car to make up for lost earnings.

The two unsold homes are now back on the market in search of buyers. 

There was also heartache for two couples, Ankur Dogra and Sharon Johal, and Jenny Heath (left) and Dylan Adams (right), who failed to sell their homes at auction

There was also heartache for two couples, Ankur Dogra and Sharon Johal, and Jenny Heath (left) and Dylan Adams (right), who failed to sell their homes at auction 

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