EXCLUSIVE: Anti-vaxxer Kyle and Jackie O Show producer is ‘forced to work from home for refusing the Covid jab’ – as host Sandilands calls him a ‘stupid prick’ and a ‘pain in the arse’
An anti-vax senior producer on The Kyle and Jackie O Show has been ordered to work from home after refusing to get the Covid vaccine.
Pedro Vitola, from Sydney’s west, wasn’t at KIIS FM’s North Ryde studios on Monday, and host Kyle Sandilands told listeners it was because he’s unvaccinated.
‘Where’s Pedro?’ Sandilands asked before 7am, to which an in-studio producer replied: ‘He’s working from home.’
Banned from the workplace: Pedro Vitola, a senior producer on The Kyle and Jackie O Show, has been ordered to work from home after refusing to get the Covid-19 vaccine
Sandilands then said: ‘Oh, because he’s still “I’m not vaccinated”. Stupid prick. What a bloody pain in the arse.’
His co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson responded: ‘You can’t say that!’
Sandilands went on to complain about Vitola’s anti-vaccine stance, which he said was at odds with his wife Patty’s alleged fondness for ‘lip injections’.
‘Jesus Christ, he’s still going on like it. His girlfriend will get the lip injections, no dramas about that – that’s fine!’ he said.
However, Henderson denied Vitola’s wife gets lip filler, saying she’s ‘natural’.
Banished: Mr Vitola, from Sydney’s west, wasn’t at KIIS FM’s North Ryde studios on Monday, and host Kyle Sandilands told listeners it was because he’s unvaccinated. He is pictured with former Kyle and Jackie O executive producer Bruno Bouchet (left)
An ARN spokesperson confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that Vitola had been ordered to work from home because he’s unvaccinated.
‘ARN are keen to do our part in helping Australian businesses get back on their feet and for everyone to reconnect face to face in the community,’ they said.
‘Vaccination is the pathway to getting there. To make it easy for people to get vaccinated, everyone at ARN can receive paid vaccination leave to ensure more flexibility when scheduling and attending their vaccination appointment.
‘While we understand vaccination is a personal choice, in line with NSW government health orders people who are from LGAs of concern and are not vaccinated are required to work from home.’
Annoyed: Radio host Kyle Sandilands (pictured) said of Vitola on Monday morning: ‘Oh… he’s still “I’m not vaccinated”. Stupid prick. What a bloody pain in the arse’
Vitola has previously described himself on air as anti-vaccine and ‘into conspiracies’.
Sandilands asked him point-blank in late July if he was an ‘anti-vaxxer’, and he said: ‘I am, but I won’t be discussing it.’
Vitola also said last month he didn’t want to get the shot because he’s young and healthy, adding that it’s a ‘personal choice’ to get vaccinated.
When asked why he didn’t want the vaccine now, he refused to explain himself.
At the time, Sandilands – who received his second Pfizer vaccine in July – asked Vitola what he would do if KIIS FM enforced a ‘no jab, no job’ policy, and the senior producer said he still wouldn’t get the vaccine.
Sandilands said in February he was pushing for a vaccine mandate his workplace.
He informed his colleagues of his decision after Henderson – who has since received the AstraZeneca shot – expressed concerns about the vaccine.
After Vitola said he wouldn’t be getting the vaccine straight away, Sandilands snapped: ‘If you don’t get it, you’re out. No jab, no job.’
Mandatory vaccines have been a topic of debate at workplaces, with the government leaving the decision in the hands of employers.
Airline Qantas and food-processing company SPC have announced they will be making vaccination compulsory for their staff.
Media companies including Channel 10 and Network Seven have conducted internal surveys asking staff for their views on a vaccine mandate.