Kyle Sandilands reignites war with 2Day Breakfast, labelling it a ‘mess’ and a ‘failure’

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Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O with ARN's CEO Ciaran Davis and CCO Duncan Campbell.

KIIS Breakfast host Kyle Sandilands has once again slagged off his former employer, labelling the latest iteration of the 2DayFM Breakfast show a “mess”, a “disaster” and a program which is doomed to failure.

Sandilands has frequently criticised both 2DayFM’s choice of lineup and its parent company Southern Cross Austero (SCA) since he and co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson defected to Australian Radio Network’s (ARN) KIIS at the end of 2013.

Since their defection, which sent shockwaves through the industry and gave KIIS the boost it needed to kick off as a radio brand in Sydney, 2Day has trialled various Breakfast lineups including Jules Lund, Merrick Watts, Sophie Monk, Spice Girl Mel B, Dan Debuf, Maz Compton, Rove McManus, Sam Frost, Em Rusciano, Harley Breen, Ed Kavalee, Grant Denyer, Ash London and Jamie Angel.

On Friday, Sandilands hit out at the latest lineup of Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes, Erin Molan and Ed Kavalee, saying it is destined to fail.

His observations were based on the trio’s appearance on Channel 9’s Today show which suffered from a time delay and some awkward interruptions.

“By the way, I know 2DayFM has a new Breakfast show, normally radio shows do not talk about other shows, but, man, I haven’t heard it, but I saw them on the Today show, and none of them, they can’t communicate with each other,” he said on Friday’s program.

Henderson, who works alongside Hughes on The Masked Singer Australia, attempted to diffuse the situation by saying its hard doing crosses “when you’re on na satellite thing”.

Sandilands retorted: “But those three were in the same room… What a mess…. Instantly, without even hearing the show, I know it’s going to be a failure.”

Henderson again insisted that they weren’t going down this road again – “we’re not doing this” – but Sandilands said she needed to listen because “I’m a radio expert”.

SCA declined to comment on the latest jibe, however Hughes has previously told Radio Today that the feud is over.

“He’s bloody rung me a number of times since this was announced, you know. We buried [the hatchet] years ago, in fact. We did bury it years ago. I’m good friends with Jackie as well. We do The Masked Singer together. And, you know, so Kyle came on my TV show Hughesy, We Have a Problem and had an absolute blast.

“So, you know, we’re, you know, I acknowledged to him that, you know, professional jealousy played a part in my early moments, you know, so he understands that. So yea, no, we’re all good. I mean he may say stuff… I take everything with a grain of salt, honestly. It’s all theatre, basically.”

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15 Feb 2021 - 3:42 pm

He should be an editor@RadioToday….

Peter Johnson
15 Feb 2021 - 5:27 pm

Kyle is right, the show is a mess

Dave Hughes is being paid a huge sum of money and doesn’t really care

Erin has nothing to say so she just giggles over the top of everyone

Ed is a dope who is completely lost

16 Feb 2021 - 7:35 am

Ed is very over rated. May be good for TV in small bursts but doesn’t cut it on radio.
He’s not funny.

16 Feb 2021 - 8:05 am

Who is the anchor on this show?

He talks with a nasal voice and just wants to throw to the ad break as quickly as possible

16 Feb 2021 - 8:29 am

That’s why he’s the king of radio.

16 Feb 2021 - 8:32 am

New SCA shows in Melbourne and Sydney will drop audiences in Survey One, just watch this space.

16 Feb 2021 - 12:32 pm

@Anon groundbreaking prediction. A new show / significant change to a brand could see some ups and downs with audience. Of course… people don’t just become your new best friend. Sometimes takes time (and patience). If radio was programmed by the people who comment on this site, would be an absolute disaster.

16 Feb 2021 - 12:44 pm

The 1990’s playbook needs to be burnet! Let it go..! It’s just embarrassing …

The same people in a game of SCA musical chairs ruining once proud radio stations and network.

Where is the innovation, the fresh thinking… he stagnant top sapped them of the joy and enthusiasm …

The best – they have left… the building. Doing great and epic things elsewhere


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