Channel Nine’s 60 minutes got an avalanche of criticism on Sunday night, after it was revealed that radio host Kyle Sandilands’s alleged ‘health crisis of everything’ was nothing but a joke.
And Karl Stefanovic, who presented the controversial segment, revealed on Monday that he had been the target of trolls in the aftermath of the broadcast.
“I’ve had a few [messages] forwarded me saying “I wish you were wrong with you, Karlos.” I had quite a few, ”he said The Kyle and Jackie O Show.
The Today show host’s admission was greeted with hysterical laughter from Kyle and his co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson.
‘Do you have? What is wrong with people? Karl roared.
Imitating one of his critics, Karl said, “Looks like you’re having a heart rate problem, Stefanovic!”
‘I had quite a few’: Karl Stefanovic, 45, revealed that trolls said they wanted HE to ‘have something wrong with him’ after Kyle Sandilands’ supposed ’60-minute health crisis’ turned out to be nothing but a joke
Earlier in the segment, Kyle acknowledged that his joke about having a serious illness had rubbed many viewers the wrong way.
“We read a lot [Twitter] hated this morning, hated us, hated 60 minutes, especially hated me, “said Kyle.
“And a lot of talk about how beetroot and beetroot I saw on television!”
‘Many haters this morning’: Earlier in the segment, Kyle Sandilands (pictured) acknowledged that his on-screen blunder rubbed many viewers the wrong way
60 Minutes was slammed for suggesting that Kyle Sandilands would reveal in promotional videos that he had secretly had a serious health condition – just for the radio king to say he was joking when the segment took to the air.
In a preview of the show, Jackie ‘O’ Henderson had tears in her eyes when her KIIS FM colleague told her that he had been keeping a ‘diagnosis’ a secret for a while.
But Kyle confirmed that his big reveal was a liquidation on Sunday night – sparking a furious response from viewers accusing Channel Nine of “false advertising.”
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
“I love you and it was great,” the 48-year-old told Jackie in promotions that aired all week.
‘[But] I have a condition that I have not discussed with anyone. ‘
In the full version of the segment that aired on Sunday nights, Kyle wryly answered “yes” when Jackie asked him if he was joking.
Emotional: Kyle was in tears (left) in a 60-minute preview as he prepared to reveal the state of health – but the revelation was astonishment left Henderson and host Karl (right) stunned
“You had me – you had me,” Jackie replied. “That was really cruel – a bastard.”
The stunt drew the ire of former Senator and outspoken commentator Derryn Hinch, who said joking about 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.
“That’s not the brand”: Entertainment reporter Peter Ford, meanwhile, said 60 minutes had gone “brand” joke
Entertainment reporter Peter Ford, meanwhile, said that 60 minutes had gone “ off the mark ” by promoting Kyle’s joke as an emotionally charged all-telling radio shock jock interview.
“One thing to joke about a life-threatening illness. That is on brand. Another thing to use it in a promo knowing they wouldn’t deliver. That’s unbranded, ”he wrote.
But Kyle elsewhere in the program has revealed that his blood pressure is so high that his death could come “at any time.”
“I could die – that means anytime, anytime, day and night,” he told host Karl 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.
Health warnings: In 2014, obesity specialist Dr. Edward Jackowski that Sandilands would die young because of his weight and lifestyle