‘Kyle’s a grubby buffoon’: Steve Price claims Melbourne won’t accept Kyle and Jackie O

Steve Price has dismissed Kyle Sandilands as a “grubby buffoon”, claiming that Melbournites won’t warm to the shock jock and his co-host Jackie Henderson, after the pair signed a “historic” deal yesterday that will see them take over the city’s KIIS FM breakfast slot.

Price made his comments on The Project yesterday, while also admitting the pair are worth the $200 million that ARN will pay them for the ten-year extension. “If you are successful, they will pay you the big money,” Price started, before unleashing on the show’s content.

“Kyle’s a grubby buffoon, and I don’t think grubby buffoons work in Melbourne,” he said, before somewhat steeping the comment back. “I probably shouldn’t call him a grubby buffoon. He’s just a grub.”

“Melbourne will not embrace the style of that program as it is right now,” Price continued.

“Some of the sexually explicit material is off-putting. Sarah [Harris – co-host of The Project] would know better than anyone else on that panel that it’s school drop-off time for kids.

“You don’t want people talking about anal sex at breakfast time, in my view. That’s what they do on that show.

“And Melbourne people are not going to embrace that. Look, the company that is putting them on the air has a different view to that, and I may be proven to be completely wrong, but that doesn’t happen very often.”

Despite the fact that school drop-off also happens in Sydney, where the pair command the breakfast market, Price claimed Kyle and Jackie O were so successful in the country’s largest market due to “lack of competition”, as well as their familiarity.

“They’ve been there a long time; that’s huge in radio. The people who’ve been most successful in Sydney radio have been there a long time.”

As Sandilands and Henderson were signing their historic contracts live on air, Jason Hawkins and Lauren Phillips, the hosts of KIIS FM’s current Melbourne breakfast show were realising their own shaky futures at the network.

“This is certainly not the way we wanted to bow out,” Phillips said yesterday morning during the show. “We didn’t have a choice. It’s a business decision that we have been told is what’s happening. We don’t want to say goodbye.

“We didn’t have to be here this morning to make this announcement, but we’re here.”

This morning, Sandilands began his show by leaving a voice message on Steve Price’s machine.

“Hey you piece of shit, we’ve spoken before,” the message started, before calling Sandilands called Price a “gronk” and told him to “feel free to play this on tonight’s Project.”

He also questioned the idea that “Sydney people don’t work in Melbourne,” dismissing it by saying, “you’re all demented”, adding: “Who cares if Melbourne doesn’t like us? We still get paid.”


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