Kyle Sandilands reveals the truth about the most controversial incident in his radio career – after asking the 14-year-old rape victim about her sexual experiences
Kyle Sandilands has set the record straight for perhaps the most controversial incident in his radio career.
48-year-old and his co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson sparked outrage in 2009 when they asked the 14-year-old rape victim about her sexual experiences during a lie-detection segment.
Talk about The Ben, Rob and Robbo Show Kyle said on Tuesday, “I assumed the poor girl was 21. I was in New Zealand and operated from the Sofitel Hotel on a ski vacation when it happened. I had no control over buttons. ‘
Candid: Radio host Kyle Sandilands (pictured) set the record, arguably the most controversial incident in his career: the 2009 lie detector scandal
“My magazine said she was 21, and at no point did anyone know she was going to get that question [about her sexual past]he added.
Kyle said he chose to hide the girl’s identity over the years because she was so young back then and “didn’t want her to suffer.”
“I could come out and say what the lie detector actually said when she said … I could have said what the real situation was, but the girl was 14, so if anyone is going to be affected by this it’s me, not I’m a 14-year-old boy, ”he said.
“I had no control”: Kyle revealed that he was “assuming the girl was 21”, not 14. He also said that he was unable to drive the segment properly because he was broadcasting from a hotel in New Zealand and not his usual setup
He also said that the young girl’s mother had contacted him.
“Since then, she made contact, the mother, and said,” Hey, as we see this pop up every now and then, you have to say what happened, what really happened. ‘ [But] I got blamed, I took it because it was ultimately my responsibility, ”he said.
“It was my show, and I wasn’t going to throw a desperate, confused, concerned mother and a troubled 14-year-old girl under the bus.”
Shock: In 2009, Kyle and his co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson caused outrage when a young girl who appeared on their 2Day FM radio show was asked about her sexual history during an on-air lie detector test
In August 2009, the teenage girl had become emotional during a lie detector segment Kyle and Jackie O’s 2Day FM breakfast radio show and reluctantly admitted being raped when she was 12 years old.
Kyle then replied, “Right … that’s all [sexual] experience you’ve had? ‘
At that point, Jackie quickly shut down the segment and announced that the show’s hosts and producers had no prior knowledge of the rape.
However, it was too little too late and the segment became an important news item. Even 2DayFM advertiser Optus announced it was appalled.
Amid the backlash, Channel 10 confirmed that Kyle had been removed from the Australian Idol jury.
Axed: Amid the backlash, Network Ten confirmed that Kyle (pictured) had been removed from the Australian Idol jury
The network’s programming boss, David Mott, said at the time, “We thank Kyle for his contribution to Australian Idol over the past four years.
But it’s becoming increasingly clear that, as Idol has remained a family-oriented show, and even more so this year with the 6:30 pm Sunday time slot, his radio staff have taken a more controversial position during this period, which is not in the interest of the show .
“The recent controversy surrounding Kyle’s radio show has more than ever emphasized the conflicting attitudes of the two careers.”
Kyle’s Australian Idol contract was reportedly worth $ 1 million.
In August 2013, Kyle and Jackie O announced that they would be moving from 2Day FM to KIIS FM.
Going further: In August 2013, Kyle and Jackie O announced they would be moving from 2Day FM to KIIS FM