Jackie ‘O’ Henderson Reveals Her Urgent Effort To Control Her Depressed Co-Host Kyle Sandilands When He Was Fighting Demons For Mental Health
KIIS FM radio host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson has revealed the moment she tried to help a depressed Kyle Sandilands, but her attempts were rebuffed.
The mother of one, 46, remembered the day her 49-year-old co-host “ignored” her knock, despite Kyle’s assistant confirming he was indeed home.
Discussing her fears for her colleague on the broadcast this week, she told Kyle and fellow KIIS star Will McMahon, “I got to the point where I thought, ‘I just can’t do anything.’
Heartbreaking: KIIS FM radio host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson revealed the moment she tried to help a depressed Kyle Sandilands, but her attempts were rebuffed
The revelation came after McMahon shared how the support of his drive-time co-host Woody Whitelaw had helped him through his own depression.
Kyle then joked that Jackie wouldn’t do the same for him until she… the claim was quickly refuted.
‘What Kyle forgets is when he had his period’ [when he was] not quite right, I’ve tried calling him so many times,” said the Masked Singer jury.
Rejected: Mother of one, 46, remembered the day her 49-year-old co-host ‘ignored’ her knock, despite Kyle’s assistant confirming he was indeed home
Explaining that Kyle was often “sick” at one point midway through last year, she said she “got to the point where I thought, ‘I just can’t do anything.'”
“So I went to his house,” continued Jackie, who has worked with Kyle since 2000. “But he ignored me.”
Kyle then intervened with his trademark sense of humor: “I think you’ll notice I was having a chronic masturbation session when you rang the bell, and I was far from done.”
“Whatever, I was there for you,” Jackie replied, before Kyle thanked her.
Confrontation: She explained that midway through last year, Kyle was often “sick” at one point, saying she “got to the point where I thought, ‘I can’t just do nothing.'” Kyle is pictured here in January after arriving late for work?
Kyle confirmed during the segment that he did indeed battle depression last year.
“I felt sad maybe six months ago,” he said. “I should be happy … I have a good job, everything is fine … but there was a glimmer of sadness that popped up every now and then.”
He then admitted that he made up for his grief with overeating.
“I don’t feel like it turned my world upside down like that, I just feel like I turned it into overweight,” he said. “That’s how I convey my feelings.”
Demons: Kyle confirmed during the segment that he was indeed battling depression last year, saying, “I felt sad maybe six months ago.” Pictured arriving at work late in January
Rejected: ‘So I went to his house, but he ignored me,’ said Jackie
Kyle then took a veiled swipe at his employer, the Australian Radio Network (ARN).
About the Share My Mood app that McMahon had helped build to help people with depression, Kyle said, “There’s another way to solve it. When the company you work for starts paying you huge sums of money for not showing up, instead of asking “Are you okay?”
It was a reference to the huge amounts Kyle had to pay for taking so many sick days.
In February, Kyle estimated that he had been fined “about a quarter of a million dollars” by ARN for his time off.
Saying sarcastically about the fine system “really put me back on track,” Kyle concluded: “You can either… [get] Will’s new app Share My Mood, or work here at ARN and have a few days off and see how fast it goes [around].’
Cash cows: Kyle then took a veiled swipe at his employer, ARN, who “supported” him through his depression by fines him heavy for his frequent absences