Kyle Sandilands sacked from Idol, radio career up in air

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Kyle Sandilands sacked from Idol, radio career up in air

Post by Mr Moon on Mon 03 Aug 2009, 2:13 pm

Kyle Sandilands sacked from Idol, radio career up in air

KYLE Sandilands has been dumped as a judge on Australian Idol, while the future of his radio job remains uncertain after an on-air stunt went wrong.

Network Ten programming boss David Mott announced yesterday that the station had sacked Sandilands as a judge on the TV talent show, which he has been working on since 2005.

It follows outrage over Sandilands' 2Day FM breakfast program last week when a 14-year-old girl was strapped to a lie detector and asked on air about her sexual history.

She then revealed she had been raped when she was 12.

Mr Mott said the network made the decision in light of the radio incident.

"Australian Idol is very much a family program and its appeal is very much right across the board, and we'd like to think that all families can enjoy the program in front of the TV,'' Mr Mott said.

Here's what the asshole said when the girl talked about being raped.
When the girl revealed she had been raped when she was 12, Sandilands responded, "Is that the only experience you've had?"

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Post by NextJen on Mon 03 Aug 2009, 5:01 pm

I'd read that earlier today. How awful for that poor girl. The article I saw said that her mom, who was the one questioning her while on the lie-detector KNEW that she had been raped when she was 12 prior to the show. What a bitch. I'm sorry, but that woman is not a mother.
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Post by Mr Moon on Mon 03 Aug 2009, 5:35 pm

I hadn't read that. I would hope that "mom" is being investigated too.
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Post by NextJen on Tue 04 Aug 2009, 12:43 pm

Ok. I'm starting to think that maybe the article I'd read that said the mother was aware of the rape was full of shit. I found this article today. At least it makes all those concerned seem less like assholes.

http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/kyle-sandilands-girls-rape-revelation-stunned-me/

Kyle Sandilands: Girl’s rape revelation stunned me
Kyle Sandilands

by Kyle Sandilands

29 Jul 07:01pm

There have only been a few occasions in my whole career that I’ve been sideswiped by something. When faced with a situation like what happened today, when a girl revealed live on air that she had been raped when she was 12, you react like anyone else. I was horrified.

We have had the lie detector thing on regularly for about six years. It’s a semi-regular segment on the show. We check with the mother before hand, and go through the questions they want asked.

I’m in New Zealand this week and all I have is a microphone, a computer screen, and a camera that relays back to Jackie and the producers in the studio.

The mum hadn’t said anything about the rape. She was concerned that her daughter was on drugs or was sexually active. Like a lot of mothers worried about their kid, she just wanted to find out what was going on.

She put her on and at the second question the girl said she had been raped when she was 12.

We were stunned.

To tell you the truth I was floundering around, signalling to the producers and Jackie – down the camera – indicating that we had to get it off air.

I didn’t realise I had said “Have you had any other experiences?”

At the same time I was speaking I was signalling to Jackie that we had to terminate the segment. I went into a slight panic as how to get the thing off the air and I was more focused on making that happen than on what I said.

The only good part to take out of this is that the family has now got some help. I’ve spoken to the mother this afternoon – and they are going to get some counselling. We have done everything that we can possibly do to help them. But the truth is that the mother’s more concerned that it has turned into a bigger media story.

I’m sorry for her that it turned out like that. I’ve certainly pissed off a lot of journos over the years but I’m sad that they’re using the rape of a 12-year-old girl to have a go at me.

There’s terrible things that happen in society. Rape is always terrible, but it’s more unpleasant to not deal with it. This girl hasn’t been able to do that. My main concern has been the mother and the daughter. I believe that the police and DOCS have been involved, so at least something’s being done about it now.

I know a few people that have been raped. My first experience of it was when I was a teenager – I knew a girl who had been raped by a family member.

I just spoke to the mother this afternoon, and she’s very fraught about the whole situation. I said to her if she needed anything, not to hesitate to contact me.

We muck around a lot on the radio but off the air there’s lots of different things we do with people. Contrary to popular belief, Jackie and I care a lot about people.

As far an apology goes, the only person I feel sorry for is the girl. That what should have been dealt with as her private situation ended up being one of the biggest news stories of the day.

As for what I said, it wasn’t intended to hurt. If people have found it appalling or offensive I’m sorry for them that feel that way, but I would ask people to put themselves into the situation where someone says to you during a live radio show that they have been raped.
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