Karl Stefanovic hits back at claims Kyle Sandilands health battle interview at 60 minutes was ‘fake’
Karl Stefanovic has denied viewers for 60 minutes claiming that Kyle Sandilands would reveal a secret health issue in a heavily promoted exclusive interview.
A tearful Sandilands said during the interview with Stefanovic on Sunday evening that he had a serious health condition to disclose before claiming it was all a joke.
The segment led to allegations. Channel Nine wrongly allowed viewers to believe that Sandilands was suffering from a previously unknown complaint.
But Stefanovic told Daily Mail Australia that the 48-year-old KIIS FM star revealed a serious heart problem that could kill him at any time.
“I don’t think the story was made up,” he said. “I don’t think there was a fake promo. I don’t think 60 minutes did anything wrong. ‘
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Karl Stefanovic has denied viewers for 60 minutes claiming that Kyle Sandilands would reveal a secret health issue in a heavily promoted exclusive interview. Sandilands is portrayed outside his KIIS FM studio on Monday morning with a cigarette
Stefanovic told Daily Mail Australia that the KIIS FM star revealed a serious heart problem that could kill him at any time. “I don’t think the story was made up,” he said. “I don’t think there was a fake promo. I don’t think 60 minutes did anything wrong at all ‘
In a preview of the 60 Minutes interview, Jackie ‘O’ Henderson (right) had tears in her eyes when Sandilands (left) told her that he had been keeping a ‘diagnosis’ a secret for a while
Sandilands claimed on Monday morning that his real health problem was not physical and that he constantly had feelings of sadness and loneliness.
He said that 60 minutes was not the right forum to address his mental health problems, but insisted that he not falsely tear during the television interview.
“The honest truth of why I was crying like this was because I’m very sad inside,” he said. ‘I do not make a joke. In my person I am very sad.
“Yes, so I had to make up for something wrong, as a joke. It was a real emotion … there is a great sadness in me that I carry around every day. ‘
Stefanovic denied an allegation from Sandilands that he had missed a “scoop” on the radio host’s mental health.
“60 minutes didn’t miss anything,” said Stefanovic. “We told you the whole story that he had huge health problems.”
Stefanovic spent about three days with Sandilands in Los Angeles and two days in Sydney for the story, which lasted six months because of COVID-19.
He believed that Sandilands, who is overweight and smokes, had just bullied during the interview when he was confronted with his physical health again.
“He clearly became emotional about his health and then pulled the pin on it because he didn’t want to go anywhere with it,” said Stefanovic.
People say the big announcement about his health was a failure, saying throughout the story that his blood pressure could lead to his death at any time.
“His own doctor said he could die anytime, so I don’t know how people get the idea we didn’t have the story. The story was there. ‘
Stefanovic said it was Sandilands’ choice to talk about his mental health issues Monday rather than his heart disease.
“He chose not to tell it last night,” said Stefanovic. “He didn’t want to do it on TV, he wanted to do it with his audience, and that’s his privilege.
“We knew there was something bigger, but he wouldn’t tell. That’s fine. That’s up to him. ‘
Sandilands ribbed Stefanovic on the radio when he spoke to him on Monday saying, “This is the scoop you missed, it will probably cost you some kind of journalistic prize.”
Stefanovic then accused Sandilands of “tomfoolery” for hiding the real reason he cried.
In a preview of the interview, Sandilands’ co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson had tears in her eyes when Sandilands told her that he had been keeping a ‘diagnosis’ a secret for a while.
Radio King Kyle Sandilands in Sydney had promoted a 60-minute interview as an emotionally charged revelation of a serious health condition – but he revealed on Sunday evening that it was all a joke
But when the full interview aired on Sunday evening, Sandilands confirmed that his big news was rounding off – sparking a furious response from viewers accusing Channel Nine of “false advertising.”
“I love you, and it was great,” Sandilands told Henderson in ad promotions that aired last week.
Jackie ‘O’ Henderson got tears Monday morning (pictured) when Sandilands told her about his mental health issues
‘[But] I have a condition that I have not discussed with anyone. ‘
In the full version of the segment, Henderson asked Sandilands if he was kidding and he wryly answered, “Yes.”
“You had me – you had me,” Henderson replied. “That was really cruel – a bastard.”
Stefanovic told Daily Mail Australia that there was nothing misleading about the promotion when Sandilands revealed the extent of his heart problems.
“It was just that we didn’t unfold the whole story and that made it interesting,” he said.
“I think he would reveal that he had heart problems, but then he checked himself because it’s part of his makeup that he won’t reveal himself emotionally.
“And when he did, he got scared and scared,” You know what, I can’t, “so he closed again.
On May 1, Sandilands weighed himself in the air and revealed that the scales were 146 lbs – 16 lbs heavier than the last time he weighed himself. Shown in 2015
“But he can do it on the radio, because that’s his home and that’s his audience. And that’s fine. I do not worry. ‘
Stefanovic described Sandilands who apparently turned his health problems into a joke as a “ legitimate moment. ”
“That was part of him we saw,” he said. “That was the real Kyle and what’s coming up is Kyle.
“There are many people who say things online, but you have to look at the story. People have to look at it and see that his blood pressure was through the roof.
He’s almost dead, and people also noticed how red he was on the face during the interview. He has significant health problems. ‘
Stefanovic said he was more concerned about Sandilands getting help than online criticism of the interview or its promotion.
Sandilands was in tears (left) in a 60-minute preview as he prepared to reveal the state of health – but revealing that it was an excitement left Henderson and host Karl Stefanovic stunned
Viewers were unimpressed with Sandilands’ revelation – where someone claimed the promotions were “ false advertising ” all week of the interview
“Hopefully, thanks to this yarn, he’ll get something done,” he said. “My distraction is that as long as he gets help, I don’t care what people say.
“People have glimpsed Kyle Sandilands like they’ve never had before. So good luck to him. ‘
The way 60 minutes promoted the Sandilands story caused the anger of former Senator and commentator Derryn Hinch, who said serious illness was no laughing matter.
“Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with terminal cancer and had to tell loved ones wouldn’t appreciate Kyle Sandilands’ joke tonight,” he wrote on Twitter.
Entertainment reporter Peter Ford said 60 minutes had gone “ off the mark ” by promoting Sanidlands’ joke as an emotionally charged all-telling interview with the radio shock jock.
“One thing to joke about a life-threatening illness. That is on brand. Otherwise to use it in a promo knowing they wouldn’t deliver. That’s unbranded, ”he wrote.
‘She’s Divine’: Jackie ‘O’ Henderson bursts into tears as she hopes daughter Kitty is ‘proud’ of her … and reveals how she won’t allow nine-year-old to listen to her radio show
She really is an open book when she hosts alongside Kyle Sandilands on KIIS FM’s The Kyle and Jackie O Show.
Jackie ‘O’ Henderson appeared in the Sunday segment dedicated to the radio duo, telling reporter Karl Stefanovic how she hopes daughter Kitty – real name Catalina – is ‘proud’ of her.
The 45-year-old also said that she does not allow the nine-year-old to listen to her radio show, where she often talks about her personal life.
When Karl asked what Kitty thinks about her mother’s profession, Jackie said, “She came and said [to me] recently: “Mommy, I heard you say this. Is it true?’
Family: Jackie shares Kitty – real name Catalina – with ex-husband Lee Henderson
“I’m not going to let her listen to the show, so she doesn’t hear any of these things. So I know I’m only two years away before I have some explanation to do. ‘
Jackie went on to talk about her ‘beautiful relationship’ with Kitty, which she shares with ex-husband Lee Henderson.
Jackie and photographer Lee announced their split in 2018, with Jackie talking about the breakup The Kyle and Jackie O Show.
“It’s not a decision we made lightly at all,” she said at the time. “Lee and I have been so lucky that our divorce has been extremely amicable.
“It’s not something that happened to us overnight … We wanted to keep it private for as long as possible.
“You advertise a poignant moment all week and a fatal diagnosis all week, just to be a joke. False advertisement for Channel Nine, “said another viewer.
A similar tweet read, “That pathetic, insensitive piece that Karl did on Kyle Sandilands for 60 minutes made a desperate attempt to regain relevance.
“It has failed miserably and will only serve to see Today fall even further behind Sunrise. It is time for Stefanovic to drive into the sunset. ‘
Sandilands was open on the program that his blood pressure was so high that his death could come “anytime.”
“I could die – that means anytime, anytime, day and night,” he told Stefanovic.
The radio host showed the presenter how his home blood pressure monitor could not even take a reading because his pressure was so high.
He said there were signs of improvement – with a recent promising lecture that almost brought him to tears.
“I was on the machine two weeks ago and blood pressure was good for the first time in 15 years,” said Sandilands.
“When I got totally emotional, I started to warm up and almost cried because I thought,” Oh, maybe my pressure is under control. Maybe I won’t die one day. ”
In a demonstration of his blood pressure device, Sandilands showed how his blood pressure was 292 above 94 – while a healthy reading should be 120 above 80.
Sandilands and Henderson also addressed the more hair-raising moments of their KIIS FM partnership.
The radio duo discussed a 2009 lie detector controversy when they were pulled off the air after a 14-year-old girl in the air revealed she had been raped at the age of 12.
“I absolutely couldn’t do that now. If anyone suggested I know as a segment, no, we’re not putting a young girl on a lie detector test, ”Henderson said.
Sandilands also told Karl Stefanovic that his serious physical health could mean dying “any time of the day or night.” The radio heavyweight, 48, showed Stefanovic that his blood pressure monitor at home couldn’t even take a reading because his pressure was so high
Other parts of the Sunday evening interview reflected the time they spent reaching the top – and how difficult it is to maintain their status
“I’m always afraid you’re going to say something that will one day just destroy you,” she told her long-term co-host.
“I feel like I always have to talk about him to keep him from going where he sometimes doesn’t understand that if you go there, this becomes one thing.”
The duo have been working together for nearly 20 years, dominating the respiratory system as Australia’s number one FM breakfast show.
Other parts of the interview reflected the time they spent reaching the top – and how difficult it is to maintain their status.
“I’m always afraid you’re going to say something and it’ll just ruin you,” Henderson told Sandilands. “Staying in number one is more difficult than getting in number one.”
In response, Sandilands said he “doesn’t give a f ** k” – an ethos that has benefited his management and network bosses throughout his career.
“Millions of dollars in marketing have been spent on me as an asshole,” he laughed, describing Henderson as the “yin to my yang.”
Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson arrive for pop debut Scandal’Us’ debut single at Planet Hollywood in Sydney in 2001. The pair are winners on KIIS FM
“I have a lot to give”: Kyle Sandilands talks candidly about his relationship with girlfriend Tegan Kynaston and reveals his plans to have children
During Sunday night’s episode 60 minutes, the radio star, 48, revealed his plans to “relax and have children one day.”
‘Of course I want that [settle down and have kids]”I am the child who was thrown in the gutter when I was fifteen. I am always looking for someone to love me, ”he said.
“I have a lot to give, but I want it back. Probably even more than I want to give, ”he added.
Kyle started dating personal assistant, Tegan, after splitting from his longtime girlfriend Imogen Anthony.
The radio titan announced his shock to his eight-year-old girlfriend on The Kyle and Jackie O Show in early November.
“ I’m always looking for love ”: On Sunday night’s episode, Kyle (photo with girlfriend Tegan) revealed his plans to “ unwind and have children ”
He told listeners that the couple have not lived together for months and that their relationship has just ‘gone ahead’.
“We haven’t been together in a few months. Unfortunately, it is his course, “he said.
Tegan is the communications director for Sandilands’ company, King Kyle Pty Ltd, and was previously the radio star’s personal assistant.
Other parts of the interview reflected the time they spent reaching the top – and how difficult it is to maintain their status. Sandilands and Henderson are depicted with Cody Simpson
After living rough on the street as a child and mistreating his body for decades, Sandilands revealed last year that he had started taking better care of himself on doctor’s orders.
In October 2019, he told The Daily Telegraph that he was eating healthier, and had stopped drinking excessive amounts of alcohol and taking drugs.
“If I do one line now, I’ll be dead in five seconds,” he said at the time.
He added, “I was a teenager all my life, and that caught up with me … so that had to be resolved.”
He’d taken cocaine and marijuana ‘on and off’ over the years before deciding to cut them out completely – as well as alcohol and sugary junk food.
“I still have high blood pressure and I still use drugs as a mess,” he added.
On May 1, Sandilands weighed himself in the air and revealed that the scales were 146 lbs – 16 lbs heavier than the last time he weighed himself.
“Yes, I went up a little bit!” he said. “I’ve gone from 130kg to 146kg … I haven’t done anything yet.”
Sandilands’ girlfriend Tegan Kynaston shared a photo on Instagram Stories on Sunday morning of the radio shock jock, 48, cuddling his dog on the couch
Known as the ‘king and queen of Sydney radio’, Kyle and co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson are believed to be paid $ 8 million each year
He went on to say that he didn’t care what the massive weight gain was.
It comes after the 48-year-old was forced to deny reports in August 2018 that he was ‘missing’ after missing work several days in a row.
“Stop looking, I don’t miss,” Kyle said in the air. Apparently I was missing for days. We all know I was just sick. ‘
He did not specify what his health problem was.
His regular fill-in host, Beau Ryan, had said earlier that week that he knew nothing about Kyle’s disease.
Meanwhile, in 2017, Sandilands was warned by a clairvoyant that he would ‘die of a heart attack the following year.’
Although the clairvoyant did not specify that his death would be related to weight, she did warn him to have a calcium score test done on his heart.
A calcium score test measures the calcium in your blood vessels to determine the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
In 2014, obesity specialist Dr. Edward Jackowski that Sandilands would die young because of his weight and lifestyle.
He had taken cocaine and marijuana ‘on and off’ over the years before deciding to cut them out of his life completely – as well as alcohol and sugary junk food
Before his recent weight gain, Sandilands tried to shed pounds.
Last June, he told Daily Mail Australia that he had dropped “three belt sizes” in three months.
“I eat healthy and lose weight, but it’s a slow process,” he said.
“I’ve lost three belt sizes, and people I haven’t seen for ages are surprised when they see me, they all tell me I’ve lost weight.”
Sandilands said he started exercising and enjoyed the benefits of a healthy meal delivery plan.
He also quit some of his worst habits, such as drinking “two liters of Coca-Cola and two liters of milk a day.”
“I never ate and I am so stubborn that I never wanted to listen when people told me to get in shape,” he explained.
“I was very overweight and it made me sick. My health is so much better now. ‘
In 2014, obesity specialist Dr. Edward Jackowski that Sandilands would die young because of his weight and lifestyle