KIIS FM’s Intern Pete in hot water after cringeworthy radio stunt

Staff Writer

KIIS FM’s Intern Pete is well known for his stunts on the top rating Kyle and Jackie O Show. From spray painting himself gold for the Logies to asking inappropriate questions of celebrities, he’s done it all.

But, this time he may have taken it too far after gate-crashing Thursday’s Steve Smith media conference on his return from South Africa.

As the former cricket skipper broke down as he spoke of the ball tampering scandal and his year-long ban from the sport he loves, Intern Pete Deppeler has bizarrely began quizzing the distraught cricketer about Married At First Sight.

“I want to let you know the perspective from non-sports committing Australians, to see you upset tonight is very sad.

“We asked our listeners, as I said we are not a sports show, we asked our listeners what we thought about this and we have … mate I’ve got to tell you hold your head up a little bit high for what you have done.

“… Because what has actually been worse is what Dean and Davina did on Married At First Sight.”

And it hasn’t gone down well on social media with some people demanding he be sacked.

Deppeler is currently trending on Twitter.

UPDATE: An ARN spokesperson has issued the following statement to Radio Today:

“The ball tampering incident has evoked an extraordinary reaction from a broad range of Australian audiences, both those who follow cricket, and those who don’t know anything about the sport.

“Obviously the majority of those asking questions at the airport tonight were sports journalists, unlike Intern Pete, so Pete’s question was framed for those who don’t follow cricket.

“But as you can hear when you listen to the audio of the question, Pete genuinely felt for Steve, as he tried to inject some warmth to what was a difficult situation.”


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29 Mar 2018 - 9:40 pm

I was actually gobsmacked when intern Pete made his statement. Couldn’t he see how devastated Smith was and to actually use the moment to try and be funny or whatever it was he was trying to do , was disgraceful! To use this announcement that was just so difficult to do , as a ‘ grab’ for a pathetic radio show was appalling.

29 Mar 2018 - 9:52 pm

If its trending, then it’ll likely be considered a “job well done” from the K/J team.

30 Mar 2018 - 12:23 am

Would have thought Australian radio learned the damage cheap stunts can have. Absolutely unprofessional behaviour. His inability to comprehend the magnitude of this situation, especially the vulnerability of Steve Smith is deplorable. Did we not see two radio jocks sacked for poorly thought out and poorly judged appropriateness of stunts with the royal prank saga? Our industry is better than this behaviour. Poor taste and puts a murky lens over the Australian FM industry to a national and international audience. We should not tolerate this in our community.

30 Mar 2018 - 12:40 am

ARN spokesperson, try a different angle with your statement. You seem to have missed the point of why people are upset at this. It’s not about framing it outside of the sports world. It’s about belittling the person at the centre of a major worldwide sporting scandal with a short lived domestic reality TV show. Depps, is this the person you wanted to be when you dreamed of making it out of the ACE studios and onto the national stage?

30 Mar 2018 - 8:21 am

ARN spokesperson says, “Pete genuinely felt for Steve, as he tried to inject some warmth to what was a difficult situation.”
Are you serious? You used a broken man to try to boost your ratings. Big fail. Another pathetic ‘shock jock’. Steve Smith made a big mistake but had the decency to admit it, so should Intern Pete – he stuffed up big time. He should admit it, apologise to Smith and Australia and promise not to do it again.

Ray Dio
30 Mar 2018 - 10:51 am

Don’t feel bad. He’s only remorseful because he got caught and disgraced a whole nation!
Intern Pete’s delivery of his question was poorly executed, but he didn’t abuse or belittle him, he tied into something that only a week ago that only a week earlier every social media page and news site was running with!

What a game
30 Mar 2018 - 6:58 pm

I agree with Ray. Steve is only upset because he got caught, lost a crapload of money from the game and endorsement and was made to look a fool in front of everyone. Intern Pete sure does have some big apples to do it, the rest of you keyboard warriors don’t. No I don’t work at ARN before you fire up.

31 Mar 2018 - 3:20 am

Cant anyone take a joke. Its only a cricket game. No one died. And it wasn’t malicious.

1 Apr 2018 - 10:12 am

Everyone wanted to lynch Steve Smith before this press conference… The parodies, the jokes, the sketches created… They are still are coming out…

It just backfired. Backfired big time… Idea was fine, execution/timing was poor.

In radio – play to your roles… What as he to do? Ask about the grade of sandpaper used? Did they get the swing they wanted… No.

Don’t want something like this to happen, Don’t invite them.


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