Kyle Sandilands has doubled down on his explosive on-air tantrum about former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s leaked texts regarding the Prime Minister, insisting that his astonishing behaviour was ‘justified’.
The radio host, 50, had dramatically stormed out of the KIIS FM studios on Wednesday morning during a discussion about Berejiklian’s alleged text message exchange with a Liberal minister in which she called Prime Minister Scott Morrison a ‘horrible person’.
Sandilands, who is friends with Berejiklian, was angry at his co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson and newsreader Brooklyn Ross for giving airtime to the story, which he said was ‘not real news’.
Doubling down: Kyle Sandilands, 50, (pictured) has doubled down on his explosive on-air tantrum about former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s leaked texts regarding the Prime Minister, insisting that his astonishing behaviour was ‘justified’
Discussing his behaviour on Thursday’s how, Sandilands admitted: ‘It was a bit embarrassing yesterday, carrying on. You know what’s worse? I felt very justified.’
He continued: ‘I was so angry when I was leaving here, I did a huge burnout out the driveway. So the whole car was going sideways. I didn’t care if I died, I was out of my mind.’
Sandilands also claimed he had ‘every right’ to claim that Berejiklian’s text messages were ‘not real news’ because he ‘runs this place’.
‘I run the show!’ Sandilands claimed he had ‘every right’ to claim that Berejiklian’s text messages were ‘not real news’
‘Friends can have falling outs and disagreements’: However, Sandilands did wholeheartedly apologise to Henderson for calling her an ‘idiot’ and Ross for branding him a ‘c**khead’ during his furious on-air rant yesterday
‘I noticed a few people commenting, ‘What right does Kyle have to decide what the news is?’. Well, every right, because I run the show! I’m not an employee by the way,’ he said.
However, Sandilands did wholeheartedly apologise to Henderson for calling her an ‘idiot’ and Ross for branding him a ‘c**khead’ during his furious on-air rant yesterday.
‘Friends can have falling outs and disagreements,’ he insisted.
Enraged: Sandilands dramatically stormed out of the KIIS FM studios during a discussion about former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s leaked text message exchange with a Liberal minister in which she called Prime Minister Scott Morrison a ‘horrible person’
Allegations: The bombshell texts allegedly claimed Gladys Berejiklian (pictured) did not trust the PM and he was more concerned with politics than people
Sandilands stormed out of the studio shortly after 6am on Wednesday morning following an explosive 12-minute tantrum.
Things escalated quickly with Sandilands hurling insults at his colleagues before telling his co-host Henderson, 47, to ‘do the show by yourself’ and walking off.
‘This is the biggest news in Australia, and it’s all over nothing,’ he began his rant.
‘So what if the ex-premier called the prime minister a ‘horrible, horrible person’? I’ve called everyone here an effing c in text messages. I wouldn’t be surprised if Gladys was just pacifying whatever loser minister she was talking to.
‘This is not real news. Don’t make up fictitious b******t drama over nothing.’
Blindsided: Sandilands’ colleagues were genuinely shocked by his behaviour, and Henderson later remarked it had been ‘very dramatic’
When Henderson insisted the story was newsworthy, Sandilands snapped: ‘We don’t have to run around every time some c********r from the ABC asks a question.’
Sandilands was actually incorrect here: the journalist who exposed the leaked texts at a press conference on Tuesday was in fact Peter van Onselen of Channel 10.
He continued: ‘I’m angry. This is the way the world has been ruined – by d**kheads on the news turning these things into b******t moments.’
Heated: Sandilands called newsreader Brooklyn Ross (pictured) a ‘f**king lazy loser journalist’ to his face when he tried to defend including the story in his morning bulletin
He then called Ross a ‘f**king lazy loser journalist’ to his face when he tried to defend including the story in his morning bulletin.
A frustrated Henderson then asked: ‘What’s up with you this morning?’
Ross tried to defend the newsworthiness of Berejiklian’s texts again, prompting Sandilands to yell at him: ‘Just turn your mic off! You’re finished! Get out!’
Insults: Things escalated quickly with Sandilands (left) hurling insults at his co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson (right) and newsreader Brooklyn Ross before walking off
He then got up and walked out of the studio, saying bitterly: ‘I’m going home. F**k you. Do the show by yourself, what a f**king show it’ll be.’
Henderson said afterwards: ‘Okay, I think we’ll take a short break, because I’m not even sure what happened. Did something happen before I got here? Was it all good?’
Sandilands’ colleagues were genuinely shocked by his behaviour, and Henderson later remarked it had been ‘very dramatic’.
Headline news: He lost his temper shortly after 6am while discussing former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s leaked text messages blasting Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured)
KIIS FM’s resident psychic Georgina Walker also weighed in on the meltdown, telling Henderson and Ross they needed to ‘let him chill out’.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted KIIS FM but is yet to receive a response. Sandilands’ manager, Bruno Bouchet, declined to comment.
It comes after the Prime Minister was branded a ‘complete psycho’ and a ‘horrible, horrible person’ in bombshell text exchanges allegedly involving former NSW Premier Berejiklian.
News: Network Ten political editor Peter van Onselen confronted the PM on live TV with the series of incendiary text messages savaging Scott Morrison that he said were between Gladys Berejiklian (pictured here with the PM) and a current Liberal minister
Network Ten political editor Peter van Onselen on Tuesday confronted the PM on live TV with the incendiary text messages savaging Mr Morrison that he said were between Ms Berejiklian and a current Liberal minister.
‘I’ve got them right here,’ he told Mr Morrison as the PM faced questions from the media after his keynote speech to the National Press Club.
‘In one, she described you as, quote, ‘a horrible, horrible person’, going on to say she did not trust you, and you’re more concerned with politics than people.
Question: Peter van Onselen’s (pictured) blockbuster question left the PM almost speechless and was dismissed with a few curt sentences
‘The minister is even more scathing, describing you as a fraud and, quote, ‘a complete psycho’.’
In a statement released hours later, Ms Berejiklian said she had ‘no recollection’ of the remarks, but didn’t deny they were said.
‘Does this exchange surprise you?’ asked van Onselen. ‘And what do you think it tells us?’
The Prime Minister was left almost speechless, blinking in shock by the surprise attack, before replying curtly and moving on to the next question.
‘Well, I don’t know who you’re referring to, or the basis of what you’ve put to me,’ he said. ‘But I obviously don’t agree with it. And I don’t think that’s my record.’
Gladys Berejiklian responds to shocking texts
‘I understand there has been some commentary today concerning myself and the PM. I have no recollection of such messages.
‘Let me reiterate my very strong support for Prime Minister Morrison and all he is doing for our nation during these very challenging times.
‘I also strongly believe he is the best person to lead our nation for years to come.’