Radio host Kyle Sandilands walked out of the studio on Wednesday morning after an explosive 12-minute meltdown live on The Kyle and Jackie O Show.
He lost his temper shortly after 6 a.m. during a discussion over former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s exchange of text messages with a Liberal minister in which she called Prime Minister Scott Morrison a “awful person”.
Sandilands, who is friends with Berejiklian, was angry with his co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson and newsreader Brooklyn Ross for giving airtime to the story, which he said wasn’t ” not real news.
Things quickly escalated with Sandilands, 50, hurling insults at his colleagues before telling Henderson, 47, to ‘do the show for yourself’ and walk away.
Walk-off: Radio host Kyle Sandilands walked out of the studio on Wednesday morning after an explosive 12-minute meltdown live on The Kyle and Jackie O Show
“This is the biggest news in Australia, and it’s for nothing,” he began his rant.
What if the ex-Prime Minister called the Prime Minister a “horrible, horrible person”? I called everyone here an effing c in text messages. I wouldn’t be surprised if Gladys was just calming down the losing minister she was talking to.
‘This is not real news. Don’t make up fictional dramas for nothing.
When Henderson insisted the story was newsworthy, Sandilands snapped: “We don’t have to run every time a c********r from the ABC lays a question.”
Sandilands was actually incorrect here: the reporter who exposed the leaked texts at a press conference on Tuesday was actually Channel 10’s Peter van Onselen.
He continued: “I’m angry. This is how the world has been ruined – by news assholes turning these things into b******t moments.
Blinded: Sandilands’ colleagues were genuinely shocked by his behavior, and Henderson later remarked that it had been “very dramatic”
He then called Ross a “f**king lazy loser reporter” to his face when he tried to defend the story’s inclusion in his morning report.
A frustrated Henderson then asked, “What’s up with you guys this morning?”
Ross again attempted to defend the timeliness of Berejiklian’s lyrics, prompting Sandilands to yell at him, “Just turn off your mic!” You have finished ! To go out!’
He then got up and walked out of the studio, saying bitterly, “I’m going home. Kiss my ass. Do the show for yourself, what a fucking show it will be.
Henderson then said, “Okay, I think we’re going to take a short break, because I’m not even sure what happened.” Did something happen before I arrived? Was everything okay?
Heated: Sandilands called newsreader Brooklyn Ross (pictured) a ‘lazy f**king loser reporter’ when he tried to defend the story’s inclusion in his morning bulletin
Sandilands’ colleagues were genuinely shocked by his behavior, and Henderson later remarked that he had been “very dramatic”.
KIIS FM’s resident clairvoyant Georgina Walker also weighed in on the meltdown, telling Henderson and Ross they had to “let him relax.”
Daily Mail Australia has contacted KIIS FM but has not yet received a response. Sandilands manager Bruno Bouchet declined to comment.
It comes after the Prime Minister was branded a ‘complete psychopath’ and a ‘horrendous, awful person’ in explosive text exchanges allegedly involving former NSW Premier Berejiklian.
Insults: Things quickly escalated with Sandilands (left) hurling insults at his co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson (right) and newsreader Brooklyn Ross before leaving
Network Ten political editor Peter van Onselen confronted the Prime Minister on live television on Tuesday with the inflammatory text messages saving Mr Morrison who he said were between Ms Berejiklian and a current Liberal cabinet minister.
“I have them here,” he told Mr Morrison as the Prime Minister faced questions from the media after his opening address at the National Press Club.
“In one, she described you as, in quotes, ‘a horrible, horrible person’, going on to say that she didn’t trust you and that you’re more concerned with politics than people.
“The Minister is even more scathing, describing you as a fraud and, I quote, ‘a complete psychopath’.
Headline-grabbing: He lost his temper shortly after 6 a.m. discussing leaked texts from former New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian blasting Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured)
In a statement released hours later, Ms Berejiklian said she had “no recollection” of the remarks, but did not deny they were said.
“Does this exchange surprise you? Van Onselen asked. “And what do you think he tells us?”
The Prime Minister was left almost speechless, blinking in shock at the surprise attack, before responding briefly and moving on to the next question.
“Well, I don’t know who you’re referring to or the basis of what you told me,” he said. “But I obviously don’t agree with that. And I don’t think that’s my record.
News: Network Ten political editor Peter van Onselen confronted the Prime Minister on live television on Tuesday with the series of inflammatory text messages saving Scott Morrison who he said were between Gladys Berejiklian (pictured here with the Prime Minister ) and a current Liberal cabinet minister
Gladys Berejiklian responds to shock text messages
“I understand that there have been comments today regarding myself and the Prime Minister. I have no recollection of such messages.
“Let me reiterate my very strong support for Prime Minister Morrison and all that he is doing for our nation at this very difficult time.
“I also strongly believe that he is the best person to lead our nation for years to come.”