Former Big Brother hosts -and Australian Idol judge- Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O, are under fire today for a comedy stunt that misfired on their radio show on 2DAY FM.
The stunt saw a 14yo girl answering “lie detector” style questions from put to her by her mother, live on radio.
“Have you ever had sex?” the mother asked.
The 14-year-old replied: “I’ve already told you the story about this … and don’t look at me and smile because it’s not funny.”
Amid on-air pauses the girl blurted out, “Oh OK … I got raped when I was 12 years old.”
Amid stunned silence, Kyle Sandilands then replied, “Right … is that the only experience you’ve had?”
With the moment clearly in disarray, it took Jackie O to apologise and abort the stunt, offering access to counselling for the girl.
Jenny Parkes, 2DayFM general manager issued a statement saying: “All due care and consideration was given to the family and clearly we didn’t know anything about the incident.
“The moment we became aware of it was live on air and we shut it down as soon as we possibly could.
“As is only appropriate, we are offering all the assistance we can to the family, including counselling, in what is of course an extraordinarily difficult situation.”
According to Sydney Morning Herald, the girl had told Sandilands, “I’m scared … it’s not fair,” before the questions started.
You can hear some of the sequence here.
Sandilands, who regularly co-hosts his show from a base in LA, is due to return as a judge on Australian Idol next month.