Kyle Sandilands’ brutal shot at 2Day FM: Radio star twists the knife into his former employer after being crowned Sydney’s No. 1 breakfast host
Kyle Sandilands couldn’t resist taking a swipe at his former employer 2Day FM while celebrating his KIIS FM show being named Sydney’s No. 1 breakfast program on Tuesday.
The fourth radio survey of the year ranked The Kyle and Jackie O Show ahead of 2GB’s Ben Fordham, marking its first-ever win across both AM and FM bandwidths.
The shock jock, 50, told The Daily Telegraph it was a particularly satisfying day for him after he was told by 2Day FM execs eight years ago he was past his prime.
Having the last laugh: Kyle Sandilands (pictured with co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson) couldn’t resist taking a swipe at his former employer 2Day FM while celebrating his KIIS FM show being ranked Sydney’s No. 1 breakfast program on Tuesday
‘I’m thrilled at having our biggest result ever in the 21 years that Jackie [Henderson] and I have done the show together,’ Kyle said from his holiday home in Queensland.
‘The result comes down to the show’s broad appeal with both the young hip listeners and the on-their-way-out oldies enjoying what we’re doing.
‘A special shout-out today to the radio executives that told Jackie and I in 2013 that our show had peaked and would no longer rate. [And] thank you to most of our listeners for making this the greatest show in the world.’
Undisputed: The fourth radio survey of the year ranked The Kyle and Jackie O Show ahead of 2GB’s Ben Fordham (pictured), marking its first-ever win across both AM and FM bandwidths
Kyle and Jackie left 2Day FM in late 2013 after a long run as Sydney’s No. 1 FM breakfast show, and joined the rebranded KIIS 106.5 the next year.
Southern Cross Austereo execs had expected to retain their audience after the duo’s exit, but listeners instead migrated to KIIS FM.
This resulted in a sharp decline in ratings from which 2Day FM has yet to recover, despite trying numerous breakfast show line-ups.
The hosts’ split from 2Day FM was an acrimonious one: SCA was happy to reap the benefits of Kyle and Jackie O’s audience when business was good, but rarely defended them during scandals when faced with threats of advertiser boycotts.
They even sacked the show’s executive producer in 2012 over drunken tweets.
By contrast KIIS FM has been more supportive of its breakfast hosts, standing by them during times of bad press – such as Kyle’s Virgin Mary gaffe from 2019.