Kyle Sandilands returns to television with Judge Judy style show, Trial by Kyle

Kiis FM radio star Kyle Sandilands has signed a deal with Network Ten to air one episode of a new show, Trial by Kyle.

The show will be similar to Judge Judy, where people come to him to resolve issues.

Sandilands announcing the TV show on air this morning

“I’m known as a judge. Now a couple of months ago, Jackie, you mentioned in O News that there was some rumours that I was going to be doing some Judge Judy style show at Channel Ten,” Sandilands said on air.

“I’m returning to Channel Ten, the people who terribly fired me back in the day,” he said.

“People will come in with their stupid arguments, neighbourhood disputes, maybe some girl got a tit job and she wants to sue her doctor cause it’s a botched job,” he added.

“Real-life feuds, celebrities going up against photographers. We already have one of those locked in. This is sort of the show that’s going I’m going to do.”

He also extended the invite to listeners, who might have an issue, urging them to get in touch for the TV show.

Sandilands has not yet confirmed if he will be the sole ‘judge’ or whether he will be on a panel of jurors.

Sandilands told Henderson the reason he could go back to the network that treated him “so badly” was because they were paying him money.

The radio star has appeared on TV screens a number of times over the years, on shows including Big Brother, Australian Idol, Australia’s Got Talent and X Factor.

Ten famously sacked Sandilands when he was a judge on Australian Idol in 2009 after an on-air lie detector test revealed a 14-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted.

Sandilands then asked the girl: “Right. Is that your only experience?”

The media watchdog subsequently launched an investigation into the segment, with the radio show on 2Day FM suspended and Ten saying Sandilands was incompatible with the family-friendly format of Idol.

In 2011, Sandilands returned to television with Kyle & Jackie O’s Night With The Stars on Seven. The show inherited 1.4m from the preceding X Factor, but by the end of the episode, had dropped down to just 200,000.


The minute-by-minute ratings for Kyle & Jackie O’s night with the stars. Source: OzTam

Network Ten will air one episode of Trial by Kyle initially.

Mumbrella has approached Ten for comment, but understands the episode could be aired as part of Pilot Week, which was announced by Ten late last year.

At the end of radio ratings survey four, Sandilands and Henderson had an 11% share, down 0.9 points from the previous survey. They are the market-leading FM breakfast show in Sydney.


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