Ten sacks Sandilands as Australian Idol judge

Network Ten has announced this afternoon that Kyle Sandilands has been sacked from his role as Australian Idol judge following the Today FM rape scandal on his radio show last week.  

A statement released by the network today said, “It has become increasingly clear that as Idol has remained a family focused show his radio persona has taken on a more controversial position over this period which is not in the interest of the show.”

While Sandilands will appear in the first three episodes of the series as they were taped prior to the radio scandal,  the search is on for a replacement to join judges Marcia Hines and Ian “Dicko” Dickson for the seventh season of the show, which will premiere on Sunday night.

The sacking is the second blow for Sandilands this week with the Kyle and Jackie O show, the program at the centre of the controversy, being taken off air pending investigations into the incident.

Update: Sandilands has issued his own statement saying: “I’m disappointed at Channel 10’s decision to remove me from Australian Idol. I have truly loved being a part of the show and wish everyone involved all of the success for this coming season.”


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