Kyle Sandilands issues open letter to the media and apologises for comments

kyle_jackieToday Network presenter Kyle Sandilands has issued an apology to News Limited journalist Alison Stephenson more than a fortnight after launching an outspoken personal attack on her.

Sandilands’ apology – in the form of an open letter to the media – came after a growing number of brands said they would not support the Kyle & Jackie O Show with advertising when it returns next year. There was growing speculation – fiercely denied – that Southern Cross Austereo was considering firing him.

In his attack Sandilands had made personal comments about Stephenson’s appearance and described her as a “piece of shit”.

In today’s comments Sandilands signalled that he regretted the abuse which had fallen upon the radio network’s staff as a result of public outrage over his remarks.

Sandilands wrote today:

“I have been in radio for more than ten years, my show is based on controversy, I give as good as I get and I have never been shy in expressing my opinion.

“In the heat of the moment I reacted badly to criticism of my television program. I took my remarks too far and for that – and the offence caused to Alison Stephenson and those exposed to my comments – I sincerely apologise.

“Our radio show can be polarising. I regret the impact this has had on our clients and our hard-working staff, who have had to weather a storm of criticism in the media and on social networks. I regret that so many had to bear the brunt of my actions.

“I am looking forward to the Kyle and Jackie O Show returning in 2012 with a fresh and positive outlook on breakfast radio.”  

SCA also issued a second statement from CEO Rhys Holleran. he said:

“We confirm and reiterate that Southern Cross Austereo does not endorse in any way Kyle Sandilands’ behaviour that has been deemed offensive, and appreciate his further apology and addressing of the situation. Also confirming, we value our clients and listeners and as such Southern Cross Austereo is committed to developing procedures and processes to provide the best possible outcome from a troublesome situation, ensuring we deliver successful shows that also offer positive advertising environments for our clients and their brands.”


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