Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson have hinted at a future beyond commercial radio, after several clashes with KIIS FM management.
Sandilands, 49, made a throwaway remark on Monday’s Kyle and Jackie O Show about ‘leaving here’ and signing with an ‘uncensored’ platform.
He spoke of moving away from mainstream broadcasting after being frustrated by the legal and HR loopholes he had to jump through to run his best penis contest.
Tension: Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson hinted at a future beyond commercial radio, after several clashes with KIIS FM management
After declaring the winner of the penis contest, Sandilands complained about the difficulty in broadcasting the competition.
He also lamented that the contest was just a sanitized version of the grand extravaganza he originally planned last year.
He and co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson said the high-profile competition was ‘as good as we could get’ given the restrictions imposed by the ‘fun police’ leaders of the Australian Radio Network (ARN).
Make a move? Sandilands, 49, made a throwaway remark on Monday’s Kyle and Jackie O Show about ‘leaving here’ and signing with an ‘uncensored’ platform
Sandilands then said: ‘Until we get out of here and become ad-free and censorship-free …’
While he said nothing more, his comments hinted at a future “ with a streaming or podcast giant less hampered by commercial broadcast rules, ” according to Radio Today.
If Sandilands and Henderson end up leaving KIIS FM over the censorship issue, they will likely end up taking most of their audience with them.
When the duo left 2Day FM at the end of 2013, they brought their listeners with them to KIIS, which resulted in a sharp drop in audiences for their old station which is still being felt today.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted KIIS FM and Sandilands manager Bruno Bouchet for comment.
Problems: He spoke of moving away from traditional broadcasting after being frustrated by the legal and HR loopholes he had to overcome to get his best penis competition through. Pictured: Jackie ‘O’ Henderson, Sandilands co-host
It comes a week after Sandilands sensational threatening to quit their premier breakfast show last Tuesday due to a disagreement with KIIS FM management.
He started the show at 6 a.m. in a filthy mood after finding out that senior executives had removed the hugely popular Most Beautiful Penis Pageant from the podcast edition of his radio show.
Sandilands claimed he was ‘lied to by station management’ who told him the prettiest penis contest would be included uncensored on The Kyle and Jackie O podcast – which is one of the most popular from Australia.
When he woke up to find that the segment – which he had been trying to air for months – had been pulled from the podcast, he was on the loose.
A valuable asset: if Sandilands and Henderson end up leaving KIIS FM over the censorship issue, they will likely end up taking most of their audience with them.
He offered a stern warning to the post heads and vowed to find out which cadre was responsible for the decision.
“You don’t go up against me or you’ll be done,” he said. “I wish I could name a name but I don’t know a name yet.
Henderson, 46, was less outraged by the podcast’s snub, but still confused as to why it was deleted.
“The penis contest takes place on our show; we just need to make sure it’s on our podcast. I do not understand. If it can be heard here… ”she said.
‘[On other] podcasts say much worse. There is a lot of freedom of expression in there. [On] podcasts, they say whatever they want.
Sandilands added, “ I don’t think our company understands audio. Have a hold. One more lie from this direction and you will never see me again.
He then backed down slightly on his threat by making a joke about having to “ rob banks to survive ” without his salary on the radio.
But aside from the jokes, he seemed genuinely angry and upset that management had gone behind his back by removing his beloved Penis Pageant from the podcast.
He concluded: ‘Either way, the witch hunt will continue behind the scenes, and when I find the culprit, they will be exposed for the lying dog that they are.
“Deceive and lie and dodge and weave.” How embarrassing. It’s embarassing.’
Ropeable: It comes a week after Sandilands sensational threat to quit their top-notch breakfast show last Tuesday due to a disagreement with KIIS FM management
It is not uncommon for live radio content to be deleted when a show is uploaded as a podcast on Apple, Spotify, or other audio streaming platforms.
This is usually done to cover up blunders, but sometimes it is due to legal issues.
Legally problematic content broadcast on live radio often has no consequences for stations because live radio is considered ephemeral media – in other words, it is broadcast once and then “goes away” and is forgotten.
But when content is uploaded to the internet, it becomes more permanent and searchable on Google, which can lead to complaints along the way.
The radio duo announced earlier this month that they will be holding their much-anticipated Most Beautiful Penis contest on May 17, after months of negotiations with KIIS FM’s management and lawyers.
Sandilands was particularly excited about the concept, which he first aired last year, saying, “It’s the biggest day of my life.”
Network bosses had previously expressed concerns about the ethics and legality of such a contest, and were particularly concerned about minors submitting explicit photos.
As a result, the segment has been the subject of numerous legal disputes behind the scenes at KIIS FM.
On May 7, Sandilands read aloud a confidential legal letter outlining some of the supposed risks associated with the penis contest.
He said on the air, “The third clause says you” – me, right? – “accept all the risks associated with the prettiest penis contest. These risks include, but are not limited to, 1) being exposed to frontal male nudity” – that’s fine – “2) being exposed to images unsolicited penises, scrotums and potentially anuses … “Imagine the poor man writing this letter! Poor paralegal setting there typing that up.
Sandilands continued: “We know that if you were to be traumatized by exposure to nudity etc. or physically injured, you have no legal recourse to recover damages through the Australian radio network.” “
Henderson added, “ I don’t think we need to worry about that, do we? ”
Where did he go? He started the show in a dirty mood after finding out that senior executives had pulled the hugely popular Most Beautiful Penis contest from the podcast edition of his show.
Sandilands went on to quote the letter: “It is important to recognize that any physical or psychological harm that results from being the host, judge and creator of Most Beautiful Penis Pageant is your sole responsibility.
“While this type of activity may sound like fun, there are real-life consequences with a lot to consider when participating in this type of activity.” “
Brooklyn Ross, reporter for KIIS FM, then asked, “ So are you going to sign the waiver? ”
Muzzled: On Monday, Sandilands lamented that the finest penis contest was just a sanitized version of the grand extravaganza he originally planned last year
“Yeah, I’ll sign the waiver,” Sandilands replied. ‘It just means I can’t sue if someone comes in here and stabs me to death during this. ”
Sandilands found it puzzling that anyone could be traumatized by a penis contest and asked their producers if they had already signed the waiver.
They all said they signed with the exception of Henderson, who admitted she hadn’t yet but intended to do so once her manager reads it.
Trauma? The Kyle and Jackie O Show production crew had to sign waivers before the penis contest could go into the studio – something Sandilands found ridiculous