Jackie O Henderson has spoken out about the stream of controversies she has lived through during her time co-hosting the Kyle and Jackie O Show with Kyle Sandilands.
The 44-year-old opened up to Osher Günsberg for his podcast, Better Than Yesterday, in the wake of recent protests for 48-year-old Kyle to be sacked over comments he made about the Virgin Mary.
Jackie O, who is currently on the judging panel for The Masked Singer said the turning point in their career came when they hooked a 14-year-old girl up to a lie detector test in 2009, where she revealed she had been raped.
The radio personality said people arrived at her house ‘wanting blood’ and she hid from the public in her house while their show was taken off the air for two weeks.
Kyle was sacked from his judging role at Australian Idol after a public outcry, with a statement by Channel 10 saying at the time: ‘‘It has become increasingly clear that as Idol has remained a family focused show ... his radio persona has taken on a more controversial position.’’
Then, just weeks later, Kyle made an on-air joke about Magda Szubanski, saying she could lose weight if she was in a concentration camp.
Kyle apologised to Magda who said that while she was unaffected by the comment, she said it was offensive to people who had suffered in concentration camps.
“I just felt like ‘Oh my god, I can’t get a break here, this is too much’ and I was really thinking about quitting because I just didn’t think it was worth it,” Jackie O told Osher about that time in her life.
“I definitely had conversations with Lee (Henderson, her ex-husband). ‘Can I quit? Can we do this without this job, because I don’t want to live this life, this isn’t something I signed up for’.
“I signed up to entertain, light entertainment. Yes, we cross the line sometimes, a little bit, but we don’t cross it to the point where we’re in the news every night and Kyle’s getting fired off Idol.”
Protestors call for Kyle to be sacked
Just yesterday, Kyle was again forced to offer up an apology after protesters called for him to be fired over ‘offensive’ jokes made about the Virgin Mary.
The shock jock may have taken it too far last week, when he let fly a string of jokes about the religious figure, offending the two largest religious communities in Australia in one fell swoop.
Kyle made lewd remarks about the ‘real way’ Mary conceived Jesus, while co-host Jackie O protested that religious communities had a right to believe what they wanted to.
The Virgin Mary is central to the Christian belief, as well as playing a part in Islamic scripture, and a video of the exchange was pulled from social media after it sparked protests both online and outside the KIISFM studios this morning.
Kyle apologised to the Daily Telegraph on Friday.
“I’m sorry if I offended anyone with my comments,” he said.
“Everyone is entitled to their own religious beliefs and I’m fully supportive of that right.”
The comment has been slammed as both offensive to religious communities, and racially charged towards Arab people.
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