Kyle Sandilands to journalist: Sorry if you took offence – maybe you’ll think again before criticising next time

Kyle Sandilands this morning refused to back down over the growing row over his personal comments about a journalist who reported negative comments about his TV show.

As soon as today’s  show went on air at 6am, Sandilands raised the issue of his attack on Alison Stephenson – in which he criticised her weight, breast size and hair, and called her a piece of shit – saying that because he had taken the story personally he felt entitled to make personal comments. He told Stephenson: “If you took personal offence to it Ali, I’m sorry to you, but maybe you should think again before you start going at certain people.”

He also said that the TV networks had fallen for News Limited’s claim that he was a misogynist. His comments came as brands began to withdraw advetising. Among those pulling out are Holden, Vodafone and The Good Guys.

Audio from this morning’s program:


He said:

“Did anyone happen to see all the news reports last night that branded me as a woman hater? A Current Affair, Today Tonight, The ABC… the newspapers are all saying that I’m a woman hater. They’re all on board.

“The TV show we did the other night. A review was done by some woman. This woman had obviously sat up until midnight goign through thousands of Twitter messages and pulled out a couple of negative ones and wrote a negative story.

“And obviously I reacted badly as anyone would if somebody said something bad about them. Just as you would if somebody pulls out in front of you in the traffic. You put your finger up, you scream and you carry on.

“It was that sort of reaction. Probably a bit overboard. I went personal on her because I thought her attack was personal on me. But in the newspaper now they’re saying that it’s outrageous, that I’m a woman hater, I should be fired and all this stuff. And pretty much they’re outraged that I would have gone a personal attack on this woman and saying that I only attack female journalists.

“It’s not true. I’ll attack any journalist that attacks me that I think is unfair.

“When they say I shouldn’t be attacking personally that’s probably fair enough. I do react and overreact in a personal way. And I thought, you know what, they’ve probably got me her, but then I was reading some stuff and I thought is this them personally attacking me?”

He then read out comments from editor-in-chief David Penberthy describing him as a dickhead. Sandilands claimed:

“I’m feeling that might be personal.

“What I’m finding fascinating is that the newspapers are allowed to say anything they want and God forbid if anyone says anything against them because they are up in arms and they create this big storm, this tidal wave that happened last night on all the TV stations where they lied and tried to make out that I was a woman hater. If you grew up in my family and you witnessed what I had to witness you would realise that I’m the last thing on earth like a woman hater. I adore women.”

Co-presenter Jackie O then interjected: “I think you treat women here, with nothing but the most respect.” Sandilands went on:

“If those that want to criticise me, they’re allowed to. We live in a country of free speech. You’re allowed to say whatever you want. And so am I.”

“It’s pathetic, it’s grubby jouralism and I’m really surprised that all the TV stations got fooled by one news organisation that I was some sort of woman hater.

I support White Ribbon Day. I don’t blame them for jumping on the bandwagon.

“This female journalist, Ali I think her name is. She did a personal attack. She sat up until midnight tryign to skew a story to look ugly. I’ve been told by people that work inside that their agenda is to smear me at any stage they can, make me look bad, blah, blah, blah.” is owned by News Limited. For the last two editions, Sandilands has been a guest columnist for the company’s Sunday Telegraph.

Sandilands added: “”If you speak out against me I will defend myself like any normal Australian would do. If you took personal offence to it Ali, I’m sorry to you but maybe you should think again before you start going at certain people. I never dish it out first. I always retaliate due to somebody else’s crazy, outrageous allegations.”

The TV show proved to be a ratings disappointment, declining from more than 1.2m viewers when it went to air to about 200,000 at the end.

This morning, advertisers and media agencies were beginning to raise concerns.Today’s Sydney Morning Herald features UM boss Mat Baxter saying the show had gone from ”shocking to offensive, and when that happens advertisers start to get nervous and look at whether their brand is potentially at risk of being damaged in that environment”.


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