Kyle Sandilands 'almost bashed' Molly Meldrum after Aus Idol: 'So jealous'

The KIIS FM radio host revealed the pair clashed over his Australian Idol gig.

Kyle Sandilands revealed he once "almost bashed" Molly Meldrum in 2007 after the legendary music critic became jealous when the radio presenter landed a gig on Australian Idol. The KIIS FM host spoke about the moment on The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Tuesday, recalling how Molly couldn't believe Kyle got the job over him, despite his many years of experience hosting the music show Countdown.

"Me and Molly had a big run-in, years ago," he told Jackie 'O' Henderson. "He got so jealous that I was the judge on Australian Idol, that he thought he should have been. I went off on him, I was gonna bash him."

Kyle Sandilands
Kyle Sandilands revealed he 'almost bashed' Molly Meldrum after the two had a fight over the radio hosts gig on Australian Idol 15 years ago. Photo: Getty

During the interview, which took place when Kyle and Jackie were still on 2Day FM, Molly rambled for seven minutes about the snub, going so far as to call Kyle "fat" and "arrogant".

Kyle hit back, "At least I'm not a drunk. At least I'm not some drunk tragedy hiding under a hat."


Molly went on to say Kyle should "get off television", saying his advice meant "sweet jack s**t" to the people competing on the show.

However, Kyle shared that about a year after their fight, he bumped into Molly on a flight.

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Kyle says Molly Meldrum was 'jealous' that the radio star got the job and he didn't. Photo: Getty

"I walked onto the aeroplane and he's sitting in the chair next to me," he said. "I looked at him and he went, 'Oh, no,' and I went, 'Oh, yes, your day has come.'"

Molly surprised Kyle and apologised for what he'd said on air, "He was very genuine about it and he admitted he was jealous. He just couldn't control his jealousy."

Samuel Johnson slams Molly Meldrum live on-air

It comes after actor Samuel Johnson slammed Molly live on-air following the presenter's controversial stunt at an Elton John concert.

The actor, who won a Gold Logie in 2017 for his portrayal of the star in the miniseries Molly, hit out after the legendary presenter and music critic dropped his pants and mooned a crowd during Elton's recent concert in Melbourne.

Speaking to Jonesy & Amanda on WSFM Breakfast, Samuel criticised the star's actions and spoke out about the moment the 79-year-old crashed his 2017 Gold Logie acceptance speech.

"Can I be honest? It's time for him to hang up his hat man," the actor said.

Samuel Johnson wins Gold Logie
It comes after Samuel Johnson slammed Molly live on the radio for his actions after the actor won the Gold Logie for his performance as the music critic in the film Molly. Photo: Getty

"There's a lot I haven't said and I'm trying really hard to be diplomatic but I've seen this same type of thing happen over and over again. Including him, when I told him not to, coming up onstage during my Gold Logie win and ruining my Carrie beanie moment, where I was going to try to raise a lot of money for cancer research, but getting up drunk as a skunk and babbling for eight minutes to finish the Logies that night.

"Not a word did we understand, not with the way he drinks. Hang up your hat old mate."


Raising money for cancer research has been an important focus for Samuel since he established the charity Love Your Sister in 2012 with his sister Connie before she died in 2017 after a long battle with the disease.

Speaking of the moment his speech was crashed on 4BC’s Afternoons With Sofie Formica on Monday, Samuel said the pair had conflicting ideas about what the acceptance speech should involve.

“A few years ago I won a Gold Logie for playing Molly. We weren’t getting along at that point, because for six months he’d told me who to thank, and he wasn’t even nominated for the Gold Logie. He’d wanted me to make it all about the network and thank the producers, and I wanted to make it all about cancer,” he revealed.

“We disagreed on that, and we didn’t speak the whole night.

“He took away my moment, and recently he took away Elton John’s moment too. I’m sick of him doing this; I’m sick of it.”

Yahoo Lifestyle reached out to Molly Meldrum's management, who declined to comment.

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