Stay classy, Kyle (rhymes with vile)

Sandilands threatens to hunt down ‘piece of shit’ News Limited journalist for reporting negative viewer reaction to show.

The tirade saw the Today Network presenter describe Alison Stephenson as “a piece of shit”, and told her to “watch your mouth or I’ll hunt you down”. He also attacked the journalist’s weight, hairstyle and breast size.

From Stephenson’s article:

Within minutes of the radio duo’s highly anticipated program A Night With The Stars going to air, fans had already taken to Twitter to pronounce the 90-minute special “awkward” and a “disaster.”
[snip quoted tweets]
Billed as a night of “memorable and outrageous celebrity interviews,” Kyle and Jackie O’s one-off special which was filmed in Los Angeles last week, stayed true to the brief for all the wrong reasons.

Memorable? Yes. Most probably for the Seven execs who won’t forget the viewer feedback next time Kyle comes knocking on their door asking for a television slot.

Outrageous? Definitely. Boob grabs, sex talk, explicit photos and references to the size of celebrity’s appendages, were the rule more so than the exception.

This was Sandilands’ on-air response, before the ratings came out (transcript via Mumbrella):

‘Some fat slag on has already branded it a disaster. You can tell by reading the article that she just hates us and has always hated us.

“What a fat bitter thing you are. You’re deputy editor of an online thing. You’ve got a nothing job anyway. You’re a piece of shit.

“This low thing, Alison Stephenson, deputy editor of online. You’re supposed to be impartial, you little troll.

“You’re a bullshit artist, girl. You should be fired from your job. Your hair’s very 90s. And your blouse. You haven’t got that much titty to be having that low cut a blouse. Watch your mouth or I’ll hunt you down.’

Mumbrella’s report includes a seriously schadenfreude-inducing graph of the drastic drop in viewer ratings which began 3 minutes after the opening credits.

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18 replies

  1. There’s just so much wrong with that tirade. As in, pretty much every word.

  2. Don’t read the comments on the Mumbrella article. All the ones I read were “get rid of Kyle” which I wholeheartedly agree with, but the ableism and other crap talk was getting pretty nasty.

  3. They’re both culpable in my opinion. Jackie O stands by and laughs.
    I can’t believe he’s lasted so long.
    200,000 people are still watching the show? 200,000 people too many.

    • Agreed, she gets no free pass from me. She’s enabling him, allowing him to point to her as an example of a woman who’s not offended by what he says, so that means there’s nothing wrong with it. I call bullshit on that.

  4. How does he not just die of the toxic concoction of shit and bile that he appears to be so filled with? He’s just appalling on every conceievable level. And hey, I mean I know news editor is no ‘professional scumbag’ but you’ve gotta earn a living right?

  5. If you are thinking of making a complaint:
    From the SMH:

    ACMA this morning confirmed it had received ”several” complaints about Sandilands’s comments yesterday, but an investigation was not under way because complainants first had to contact the broadcaster directly, spokeswoman Emma Rossi said.
    Austereo has 60 days to respond to any complaints and, if a complainant does not receive a response, or is not satisfied with it, he or she can then make a complaint to the watchdog.

    Austereo Complaints Form

  6. (From Twitter) it looks as though both Holden and The Good Guys have withdrawn their sponsorship from the Vile and Jackie O Breakfast Show. Which is good, hit 2Day FM, who would otherwise do nothing, where it hurts.

  7. I got an email about a petition that someone has started, targeting their advertisers too.

  8. He has also criticised Ricki-Lee (while calling her a bitch and commenting on her weight like it’s relevant to the discussion, obvs) for agreeing with Channel 10’s decision to dump him a few years ago.
    ”When I got fired from Idol over that scandal, Ricki Lee dared open her back-then fat mouth and say, ‘I agree with Channel Ten’s decision,” Sandilands told radio listeners. “Well good; my middle finger went up to Ricki Lee.”
    Sandilands said he would no longer play her songs or interview her.
    “I think she was wrong and she flapped them gums around about something she knew nothing about. So she’s banned. I don’t want to have anything to do with the bitch, ever.”

    Anyone sensing a pattern?

  9. Vodafone also talking up a withdrawal of sponsorship of Take40 program on 2Day FM:

    Seems to be some confusion, we are NOT a sponsor of Kyle & Jackie. Our ads were in the Take40 but we hear you & will be moving those ads out
    — Vodafone Australia (@VodafoneAU) November 23, 2011

  10. Oh he is so infuriating. Someone writes an opinion peice that criticises his show. He says she’s ‘entitled to her opinion’ but calls her ‘fat’, a ‘fat slag’, a ‘fat bitter thing’, a ‘peice of shit’, he says she should be fired because her hair is so ‘nineties’ and she doesn’t have ‘that much titty to be wearing such a low cut blouse’. And then he’s surprised, SURPRISED I say to hear that people think that’s sexist, off-colour and out of order. But FREEEEEEEEEEEEE SPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEECH! Because a criticism of a show is TOTALLY the same thing as vicious name calling and warning a person you’ll hunt them down for daring to disagree with you. And it really shows your commitment to free speech. As does your furious ‘banning’ of another woman’s music because she expressed an opinion. If you want to run off at the mouth and hide behind ‘free speech’ rhetoric then at least be consistent Kyle. I hope you lose all your sponsorship. And you know what? You’ll still have ‘free speech’. You just won’t have sponsored turd-burg-ery. Ohh…what a shame.

    • He’s pretending to be confused about the difference between critical opinion and outright bullying. She was doing her job as a TV reviewer critquing his show, he blasted forth personal abuse and threats which would, if he weren’t so lazy as to render them non-credible, be worth reporting to the police.
      Sandilands is a bully who can’t cope with a minuscule fraction of what he dishes out.

  11. Thanks to the Collective Shout campaign, a huge array of the sponsors of this show have now retracted their sponsorship – Holden, Blackmores, The Good Guys, Telstra, Crazy Johns, Mazda, GIO, Mitsubishi (and I’m sure others that I haven’t listed) have pulled their advertisement and sponsorship dollars from at least the Kyle and Jackie O show, and a lot of them from 2dayFM entirely. It’s nice to see some responsible corporate types for once!
    Hopefully with Austereo just bleeeeeding dollars over this moron, they’ll get rid of him once and for all.

  12. The problem lies with the lack of judicial and cultural reprisal in Australia. It’s not the first time Sandilands has abused a woman (the last time a girl) through public media. Last time he avoided punishment through a legal loophole. Australian women must rely on public opinion, much like Italian women, to sanction misogyny because the pervasive attitude there is ‘don’t listen it if you don’t like it’ – this operates to keep public institutions from being forced to engage with public decency and human rights legislation. Unfortunately many years of privatization (and the reduction of legislation governing the ‘public’) in combination with an historical legacy of colonial masculinised values has produced a neo-conservative environment that’s quite toxic to women, girls and non trad men and boys. The Sam Newman mannequin incident is another example of this neo-conservative bigotry, all he needs to do is to say ‘this is my opinion’ and nobody can touch him. Just like in Italy, the Australian media is run by a few unashamedly sexist men who champion aggression and traditional masculine values. What is not often said is how considerably this limits women and girl’s potential in Australia. It wasn’t until I left Australia nearly ten years ago that I realised just how timid I was in comparison to my non Australian female colleagues. The truth was I had grown up in 1970’s country Australia and I was completely conditioned to keep my head down and my mouth shut around groups of men. Men like Sandilands and Newman are very popular with Australian men (especially Newman) and the fact that they behave with such impunity (and take up a lot more space in Australian culture than women do!) is tantamount to the degree of respect a significant proportion of Australian men have for women and girls. You only have to read the comments made by Judges who have won the Golden Ernie to realise how deep the institutional misogyny is in Australia. I miss Australia but unfortunately I feel that I only have the career and life I do now because I got a chance to really grow outside of that mocking, sneering, bullying masculine culture – both professionally and personally. Sad but true.

  13. Has anyone noticed how the articles about this focus on his threats against Alison Stephenson and not the fact that, preceding the threats, he unashamedly insulted her hairstyle, breast size, weight etc? Take ABC news for example: Kyle Sandilands under increasing pressure…following his threats against a female journalist.
    Misogynistic tirade sounds like a more apt description to me.

  14. Rosi, I’m glad to hear it if the line of the articles had shifted to actually acknowledging that what he did was make threats. I was much more bothered when all they seemed to have heard was the bit where he called her fat. It’s very important that the violence implicit in misogynistic tirades be recognised. Here’s what News With Nipples has to say about it.

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