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Kyle Sandilands is an Australian radio presenter. He is currently the co-host, with Jackie O, of the weekday morning radio program The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Sydney’s radio station KIIS 106.5. Sandilands was a judge for Australian Idol from 2005 to 2009. He became Big Brother’s host in 2008 with Jackie O. In 2010, he became a judge on Australia’s Got Talent and also on Australia’s version of The X Factor.
Sandilands’ controversial on-air acts and offensive comments have made him a household name. These have led to the removal of advertisements by companies, serious breaches of Industry Codes of Practice and Guidelines being discovered, and his dismissal from Australian Idol.
Sandilands, along with Jackie O, co-host of The Kyle and Jackie O show, made the move to KIIS 96.5 in 2014 to join the ARN (Australian Radio Network). Sandilands was first seen in a motion film in Fat Pizza vs. Housos. On 27 November 2014, the film was shown for the first time in Australian cinemas.
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|Net Worth||$40 million|
|Profession||Media personality, Host|
Kyle Dalton Sandilands (age 50) was born in Brisbane, Australia on June 10, 1971. His father is Peter Sandilands. Sandilands spoke to the media on numerous occasions, including the Enough Rope interview. He also shared his painful childhood with them. Growing up in Wynnum, Brisbane, he was deeply affected by his parent’s divorce, which happened when he was 10. His mother and stepfather took him out of their home when he was 15 after a party. They also damaged their car and threw him out.
He never went back, alternating between friends’ houses and living on the streets. He was 17 when his father sent him to Townsville to live with Jill Stevens, his aunt. Stevens told The Sydney Morning Herald, in 2005 that the Sandilands listened to Tammy Wynette’s song D-IV-O-R–C-E while they cried and cried. He’s never gotten over his parents’ divorce… When he was living on the streets, he used to sit outside his father’s house at night and watch the lights go out.
Kyle Sandilands landed his first radio job in 1992, at the age of 21, at 4TO Townsville where he was employed to drive the station’s promotional vehicle. He had already declared that he was willing to do anything to make it in radio, and that he would work any hour of the day. He took gigs in Cairns, and then Darwin, before joining Austereo’s Triple M in a Brisbane station by using a false resumé to impress one of the station’s executives.
Sandilands moved to Sydney in 1999, and commenced at 2Day FM as host of the Hot30 Countdown, replacing “Ugly Phil O’Neil”, a former husband of Jacqueline Henderson (Jackie O). Sandilands attributes his radio career taking off to being told by then Group Program Director Jeff Allis to “do whatever you want, just win”. Sandilands received $255,000 per annum while working on Hot30.
Much media coverage of Sandilands has focused on the negative aspects of his personality and behaviour, notably his widely publicised clashes with and criticism of other media figures, his intemperate on-air outbursts and his alleged “out of control” ego. In September 2006, Sandilands was named the most hated Australian identity in a Zoo Weekly article, although on 14 October 2006, Sandilands and Henderson were named “Best On-Air Team” at the Australian Commercial Radio Awards. Sandilands and Jackie O were again named “Best On-Air Team” at the Australian Commercial Radio Awards in 2007, 2011, and 2015.
In August 2009, The Kyle and Jackie O Show was put into “indefinite recess” by the Austereo network as a result of a controversial on-air stunt on his morning show on 29 July 2009. On 18 August 2009, he returned to his radio program but was removed on 9 September 2009 after a series of comments on air about Magda Szubanski. The Zoo Weekly named him the most hated person in the same year. Sandilands and Henderson were the hosts of the nationally syndicated chart show The Hot Hits, before swapping host roles with Andrew Günsberg in December 2009, who had previously hosted Take40 Australia but left the show at the end of 2011.
Kyle Sandilands replaced Ian “Dicko” Dickson as one of the judges in 2005 on Network Ten’s Australian Idol. He remained a judge on Idol, until August 2009, when he was removed from the show. He was involved with a variety of controversy relating to comments he made to contestants while he was a judge.
In October 2005, he referred to the eventual 2005 Idol winner Kate DeAraugo’s arms as “tuckshop lady arms”. In September 2006, Sandilands told 2006 runner-up contestant Jessica Mauboy to lose her “jelly belly”. A year later, Sandilands referred to contestant Bobby Flynn as a “mong” – a derogatory slang term for mongoloid, referring to people suffering from Down syndrome. Sandilands said that he did not mean to disrespect Down syndrome sufferers.
On 3 August 2009, Network Ten issued a press statement announcing that Sandilands had been sacked from Australian Idol, citing the network’s view that the Kyle and Jackie O Show’s content was incompatible with the family-oriented image of Idol.
Sandilands was a contestant in the 2002 Australian Celebrity Big Brother. He was 3rd in the 23-day finale. Sandilands was on Big Brother Australia 2007 two weeks prior to the final episode. Sandilands entered the Gold Coast compound to promote Australian Idol 2007 season. He was scheduled to host his radio program there on Monday morning.
Sandilands then reportedly needed anti-nausea injections to treat migraines. After this heated exchange with Big Brother, Sandilands began vomiting every thirty minutes. He soon left the house. Sandilands and Henderson were the new hosts of Big Brother 2008 replacing Gretel Killeen. The ratings for the launch of the 2008 series were the lowest in the show’s history, and Network Ten ultimately confirmed that it would not continue past the current season.
Australia’s Got Talent
In January 2010, it was announced that Kyle Sandilands and Brian McFadden would be the new judges on the fourth season of Australia’s Got Talent, replacing former judges Tom Burlinson and Red Symons. During one of the show’s auditions, Sandilands was involved in another controversy relating to a contestant on the show. He had asked contestant Heather Cook, “Are you male or female?” When Cook tried to make light of the question, Sandilands then made a joke about her weight, saying, “You’re a belly full of laughs”. Sandilands added he wasn’t hired to be “bland and boring”, and that he was just being honest.
The X Factor. Sandilands was announced in May 2010 as the fourth judge for the second season. This was alongside new judges Ronan Keating and Guy Sebastian. They replaced John Reid and Kate Ceberano. Sandilands, a radio host on breakfast radio, announced that he would not return as a judge to the third series of The X Factor. Mel B was his replacement.
Meet the Hockers: Sandilands was the host of the reality TV program Meet the Hockers in 2017, a show that is similar to Pawn Stars. The series premiered on 9Go! The series premiered on 9Go! in May 2017 and received very low ratings, with just 98,000 viewers. It was also beaten by other multichannel programs at the same time slot.
Trial By Kyle: Sandilands appeared on a pilot in 2018 for Trial By Kyle (Network Ten). Sandilands will be presiding over a variety of real-life cases in the reality series. Anna Heinrich, a former Bachelor Australia contestant and criminal attorney, is helping him analyze the evidence. The pilot was then able to start a series in 2019.
In July and August 2005, Sandilands was accused of “cooking the charts” by giving airplay to “Ooh Ahh” (a song by his then-girlfriend, Tamara Jaber). These allegations were made during Today Tonight’s TV current affairs show. Sandilands won a lawsuit for defamation in 2006. The court found that Today Tonight had defamed Sandilands.
Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O were involved in an on-air clash with Australian music personality Molly Meldrum, who described Sandilands as “arrogant”, “fat” and “talentless” on July 2, 2007.
On 20 August 2007, Media Watch examined Sandilands’ on-air comments asserting that smoking was not as harmful to people as many institutions would lead people to believe and that the statistics presented by these institutions are falsified. These comments led to the Cancer Institute of New South Wales pulling their “13-QUIT” advertisements of the network.
Andrew Denton conducted an interview with Kyle Sandilands for Enough Rope in August 2007. During the interview, Sandilands said he wanted to “punch Dave Hughes in the throat” the next time he saw him. This was in response to Hughes’ reference to Sandilands as a “dickhead” on another program. A subsequent article in The Sydney Morning Herald cited unspecified reports which claimed that Sandilands was left in a “hostile state” by Denton’s questions about Sandilands’ need to take personal responsibility for the results of his actions on air.
On the 29th of July 2009, a radio segment featured a troubled teenager being asked to talk about her sexual history on air and in front her mother. The questioning was initially uncomfortable for the girl, who began to cry and claimed that she was raped as a child and that her mother knew. Sandilands replied: “Right… is that the only experience you’ve had?” The stunt was cut short and co-host Jackie O was quick to apologise; however, several of the show’s prominent advertisers quickly withdrew sponsorships. The stunt was condemned by psychologists, media commentators and rape crisis workers, who expressed deep concern about the teenager’s well-being.
On 3 August 2009, Network Ten issued a press statement announcing that Sandilands had been sacked from Australian Idol, citing the network’s view that the Kyle and Jackie O Show’s content was incompatible with the family-oriented image of Idol. He was replaced by other judges for the rest of season. The Kyle and Jackie O Show, 2Day FM and The Kyle and Jackie O Hour of Power, were both in recess while a review took place.
A Network Ten spokesman said of Sandilands’ firing: “Idol has remained a family-focused show, even more so this year with the 6.30 pm Sunday timeslot. His radio persona has taken on a more controversial position… which is not in the interest of the show.”
Responding to his firing, Sandilands said in a statement, “I’m disappointed at Channel 10’s decision to remove me from Australian Idol. I have truly loved being a part of the show.” Network Ten had held crisis talks with advertisers in the days prior to his firing amid concerns Sandilands would damage their brands. Simon Fuller, creator of Idol gave Ten his approval to fire Sandilands. Sandilands was thought to have earned A$1,000,000 from his A$2.8 million annual Idol income. The radio show was suspended on Sunday, 2 August 2009. The show usual 6:00 am to 9:00 am slot on 3 August was filled by Chris Page who announced that “They have not been suspended … the show has not finished.”
Page then re-read Austereo general manager Jenny Parkes’ statement on air just after 6:30 am: Kyle Sandilands’s management has advised Austereo that he is unable to perform his duties on-air at this time. Austereo, after much consideration and consulting Jackie O and all stakeholders has come to the conclusion that it is in all the interests of all parties for Austereo’s program to be placed on hiatus until we have completed a cross-networks review and re-examined the principles and protocols of our interaction and communication with our audience.
Disability comments: Sandilands’ comments about disability have outraged Australian disability groups. He called a child with a disability a “spider baby” in 2012, and used terms like “spastics” and “retards”. In 2009, he stated that he would donate $35,000 for the family of a child living with disability. However, he gave only $20,000 and later donated the full amount. In 2006, Sandilands referred to an Australian Idol contestant as a “mong”, a term that has been used in the past as a label for people with Down syndrome.
Virgin Mary comments: On 19 September 2019, Sandilands commented on air that the Mother of Jesus was a “liar who got knocked up behind a camel shed” (a sceptical reference to the virgin birth of Jesus), among other related comments. Sandilands later apologized for his remarks, but this didn’t pacify protesters who called for Sandilands’ resignation on 23 September. They compared the situation to Israel Folau’s sacking earlier in the year. Following a week-long break, The Kyle and Jackie O Show was back on the air in September 2019.
This was on the 13th of August 2015. Kyle Sandilands took his shirt off during a live broadcast of The Morning Show, after claiming he has been “fat-shamed” by the media, and afterwards admitted “I think I’m going to have to do something about the weight. I’ve got the high blood pressure, the sleep apnoea, I’m a mess.” He also confirmed he was to have a hernia operation in December 2015.
Kyle Sandilands got married to Tamara Jaber (his girlfriend, pop singer). They had their wedding on September 26 2008. Sandilands and his wife Tamara shared a house in St Ives, located in Sydney’s Upper North Shore. On 12 July 2010, however, it was reported that the couple had separated. According to reports, Sandilands has been in a new relationship ever since March 2012. They split in 2019. Sandilands is considered a monarchist.
Kyle Sandilands net worth
How much does Kyle Sandilands earn? Kyle Sandilands net worth has been estimated to be around $40 million. His salary is about $2 million. His main source of income is his job as a media personality. Sandilands success has enabled him to live in luxury and own some nice cars. He is Australia’s most successful media personality.