Prime Minister Scott Morrison has weighed in on radio presenter Kyle Sandilands’ explosive on-air walk-out last week.
Sandilands, 50, lost his temper on Wednesday’s Kyle and Jackie O Show, storming out of the studio during a discussion about Gladys Berejiklian’s leaked text messages in which she allegedly described the PM as a ‘horrible person’ and ‘untrustworthy’.
Sandilands, who is friends with the former NSW premier, was angry at his co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson and newsreader Brooklyn Ross for giving airtime to the story, which he said was ‘not real news’.
Reaction: Prime Minister Scott Morrison (left) weighed in on radio presenter Kyle Sandilands’ (right) infamous on-air walk-out during an interview on Monday’s Kyle and Jackie O show
Mr Morrison, who last week said he ‘couldn’t care less’ about the leaked texts, showed his support for Sandilands on Monday, saying the shock jock was entitled to question what should and should not be considered newsworthy.
‘I don’t think there was anything [politically] partisan about [Sandilands’ behaviour] to be honest at all. Kyle was calling out how he sees how news is reported,’ he said.
Sandilands agreed, responding: ‘I don’t like that, Prime Minister. Is there not a rule?
‘There’s a lot of rules in broadcasting – a lot. But surely the rule has got to be, “You can’t just throw a story out there without any facts.”‘
Walk-off: Sandilands, 50, lost his temper on Wednesday’s Kyle and Jackie O Show, storming out of the studio during a discussion about Gladys Berejiklian’s leaked text messages in which she allegedly described the PM as a ‘horrible person’ and ‘untrustworthy’
‘Kyle was calling out how news is reported’: Mr Morrison, who last week said he ‘couldn’t care less’ about the leaked texts, showed his support for Sandilands on Monday, saying the shock jock was entitled to question what should and should not be considered newsworthy
‘That can lead to a lot of drama. I know your government is trying to stop misinformation and lies and bullying and stuff online,’ Sandilands added, before questioning why media ‘bullying’ isn’t considered as serious as online bullying.
Mr Morrison replied: ‘It’s a fair question. Readers and viewers make up their own minds… about all that sort of nonsense.’
The PM went on to criticise certain journalists for using their right not to disclose their sources as a way to hide who leaked last week’s explosive texts.
‘It’s very convenient’: The PM went on to criticise certain journalists for using their right not to disclose their sources as a way to hide who leaked last week’s explosive texts
‘[These journalists are] protected by the convenience of not revealing sources. It’s very convenient,’ he said sarcastically.
Sandilands stormed out of the studio shortly after 6am on Wednesday morning following an explosive 12-minute tantrum.
Things escalated quickly with Sandilands hurling insults at his colleagues before telling his co-host Henderson, 47, to ‘do the show by yourself’ and walking off.
Allegations: The bombshell texts allegedly claimed Gladys Berejiklian (pictured) did not trust the PM and that he was more concerned with politics than people
‘This is the biggest news in Australia, and it’s all over nothing,’ he began his rant.
‘So what if the ex-premier called the prime minister a ‘horrible, horrible person’? I’ve called everyone here an effing c in text messages. I wouldn’t be surprised if Gladys was just pacifying whatever loser minister she was talking to.
‘This is not real news. Don’t make up fictitious b******t drama over nothing.’
Blindsided: Sandilands’ colleagues were genuinely shocked by his behaviour last week, and co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson (pictured) later remarked it had been ‘very dramatic’
When Henderson insisted the story was newsworthy, Sandilands snapped: ‘We don’t have to run around every time some c********r from the ABC asks a question.’
Sandilands was actually incorrect here: the journalist who exposed the leaked texts at a press conference on Tuesday was in fact Peter van Onselen of Channel 10.
He continued: ‘I’m angry. This is the way the world has been ruined – by d**kheads on the news turning these things into b******t moments.’
Heated: Sandilands called newsreader Brooklyn Ross (pictured) a ‘f**king lazy loser journalist’ to his face when he tried to defend including the story in his morning bulletin
He then called Ross a ‘f**king lazy loser journalist’ to his face when he tried to defend including the story in his morning bulletin.
A frustrated Henderson then asked: ‘What’s up with you this morning?’
Ross tried to defend the newsworthiness of Berejiklian’s texts again, prompting Sandilands to yell at him: ‘Just turn your mic off! You’re finished! Get out!’
Insults: Things escalated quickly with Sandilands (left) hurling insults at his co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson (right) and newsreader Brooklyn Ross before walking off
He then got up and walked out of the studio, saying bitterly: ‘I’m going home. F**k you. Do the show by yourself, what a f**king show it’ll be.’
Henderson said afterwards: ‘Okay, I think we’ll take a short break, because I’m not even sure what happened. Did something happen before I got here? Was it all good?’
Sandilands’ colleagues were genuinely shocked by his behaviour, and Henderson later remarked it had been ‘very dramatic’.
Headline news: He lost his temper shortly after 6am while discussing former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s leaked text messages blasting Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured)
KIIS FM’s resident psychic Georgina Walker also weighed in on the meltdown, telling Henderson and Ross they needed to ‘let him chill out’.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted KIIS FM but is yet to receive a response. Sandilands’ manager, Bruno Bouchet, declined to comment.
It comes after the Prime Minister was branded a ‘complete psycho’ and a ‘horrible, horrible person’ in bombshell text exchanges allegedly involving former NSW Premier Berejiklian.
News: Network Ten political editor Peter van Onselen confronted the PM on live TV with the series of incendiary text messages savaging Scott Morrison that he said were between Gladys Berejiklian (pictured here with the PM) and a current Liberal minister
Network Ten political editor Peter van Onselen on Tuesday confronted the PM on live TV with the incendiary text messages savaging Mr Morrison that he said were between Ms Berejiklian and a current Liberal minister.
‘I’ve got them right here,’ he told Mr Morrison as the PM faced questions from the media after his keynote speech to the National Press Club.
‘In one, she described you as, quote, ‘a horrible, horrible person’, going on to say she did not trust you, and you’re more concerned with politics than people.
Question: Peter van Onselen’s (pictured) blockbuster question left the PM almost speechless and was dismissed with a few curt sentences
‘The minister is even more scathing, describing you as a fraud and, quote, ‘a complete psycho’.’
In a statement released hours later, Ms Berejiklian said she had ‘no recollection’ of the remarks, but didn’t deny they were said.
‘Does this exchange surprise you?’ asked van Onselen. ‘And what do you think it tells us?’
The Prime Minister was left almost speechless, blinking in shock by the surprise attack, before replying curtly and moving on to the next question.
‘Well, I don’t know who you’re referring to, or the basis of what you’ve put to me,’ he said. ‘But I obviously don’t agree with it. And I don’t think that’s my record.’
Gladys Berejiklian responds to shocking texts
‘I understand there has been some commentary today concerning myself and the PM. I have no recollection of such messages.
‘Let me reiterate my very strong support for Prime Minister Morrison and all he is doing for our nation during these very challenging times.
‘I also strongly believe he is the best person to lead our nation for years to come.’