Kyle Sandilands apologises for Virgin Mary comments: ‘Am I going to quit? No. Am I going to get fired? No. Am I sorry? Absolutely’

Kiis FM’s Kyle Sandilands has apologised on air for his comments about the Virgin Mary which led to protests outside the Australian Radio Network (ARN) studios in Sydney and death threats against the shock jock.

Opening his breakfast radio show with Jackie ‘O’ Henderson this morning, Sandilands said he hadn’t meant to cause offence with his comments, and that at the time he was just trying to make people laugh.

Sandilands and Henderson invited Christians and Muslims to call in to their radio show this morning and discuss their concerns over the controversial Virgin Mary comments

The comments were made on September 18, the week prior to the duo going on a ratings break, and involved Sandilands accusing the Virgin Mary of being a “liar” who was “chock-a-blocked” behind a camel shed and calling the Bible “dumb as dogshit”.

In this morning’s apology, Sandilands said his mobile number had been leaked since the incident and he had fielded hundreds of calls from fans of the show, but also from angry listeners demanding apologies and threatening his life. Across the weekend it was reported that Sandilands had ‘fled’ to LA to escape the threats. Sandilands, however, denied fleeing, saying he had always planned to spend this week in his LA studio.

Sandilands said he now realises the extent of the damage done.

“Truly from the bottom of my heart, never do I want to make someone so angry that they don’t want to listen to the show, neither do I want them to be so enraged that they are threatening to kill people over something I’ve said,” he said.

“I believe everyone has their right to their own opinion,” Sandilands said this morning.

“I never intended to purposely upset anyone. Obviously I have upset people, and I am sorry for it. There’s nothing else I can do.

“Am I going to quit? No. Am I going to get fired? No. Am I sorry? Absolutely I’m sorry.”

Sandilands said the joke wasn’t planned and that it was just something he said in the moment without realising the gravity of it.

“It was a joke and it was a hugely bad decision… I [now] get upset by the fact that ‘wow’, I really caused a lot of grief to a lot of people… I never meant to offend anyone.”

Sandilands added that contrary to popular belief, he doesn’t set out to “piss people off” – “I just agitate people naturally”.

Henderson also apologised during the segment for laughing along with Sandilands, and said it is never the intention of the duo to upset people. During the segment, the show took calls from listeners who said the pair need to be more careful in future with their jokes.

“I’m sorry if I offended anyone with my comments. Everyone is entitled to their own religious beliefs and I’m fully supportive of that right,” said Sandilands.

An ARN spokesperson said the company also apologises for the comments and the fact they were distributed.

“We echo Kyle’s statement and unreservedly apologise for any offence that may have been caused. When this content ran, we immediately recognised that it wasn’t appropriate for distribution and it was removed immediately,” said the spokesperson.

Sandilands has a long and storied past with on-air controversy. In 2018, he labelled 2GB host Ray Hadley and youth publisher Pedestrian TV ‘pieces of shit’ after Kiis FM’s Peter Deppeler, or ‘Intern Pete’ drew ire from Hadley and PTV over his question at Steve Smith’s ball-tampering press conference.

2013 saw a leaked recording from the 2Day FM Christmas party including both Henderson and Sandilands abusing staff and demanding errands be run. The audio came after the duo left the station for Kiis FM, with Henderson recently saying the entire move was orchestrated by Sandilands.

In 2011, Sandilands threatened to hunt down News Corp journalist Alison Stephenson for her negative comments about he and Henderson’s TV program Kyle and Jackie O’s Night With The Stars. He also called Stephenson a “fat slag” and branded her a “piece of shit”.

A 2009 segment in which a 14-year-old girl who was attached to a lie detector said she had been raped, to which Sandilands asked her if that had been her only sexual experience, led to calls the pair be axed and that 2Day FM lose its licence. Sandilands was also suspended that same year for comments about Magda Szubanski, including suggesting she go to a concentration camp to lose weight.

In 2016, the pair signed another five-year agreement with Kiis FM. Sandilands’ TV show Trial By Kyle is still due to air on Ten this year. 


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