Kyle Sandilands defends Matt Doran's 'dumb' Adele interview mistake

Matt Doran's infamous interview with Adele has divided opinions amongst some of Australia's top radio stars, with some defending the Seven journo and others not so forgiving.

The reporter was slammed over the weekend after a report in The Daily Telegraph revealed he had offended the British superstar during an exclusive interview filmed in London earlier this month, where he revealed he hadn't listened to her new album – the whole reason for the interview.

Matt Doran and Adele
A number of Australian radio stars have been left divided over Matt Doran's "dumb" Adele interview mistake. Photo: Getty

It was believed the singer "stormed out" of the interview, however, Matt insists this wasn't the case.

"What do you think of my album?" Adele is said to have asked him, to which he replied: "I haven’t listened to it."

The exclusive chat is rumoured to have cost Seven $1 million in a deal with Sony, which also included broadcast rights to Adele's One Night Only concert and her sit-down with Oprah Winfrey. The record label is now also reportedly blocking the network from airing any footage from the 30-minute interview.


Speaking about the botched interview, Kyle Sandilands and Jackie 'O' Henderson argued over whether or not Matt was in the wrong.

Kyle was on the journalist's side, saying, "Why is everyone up in arms over this poor b*****d? He’s the Weekend Sunrise guy. He’s not the normal go-to celebrity interviewer … He looks like a nice fella too."

"This is where record companies go wrong, they want the interviewers to ask all these detailed questions about the record that no one has ever heard. It’s dumb … No one likes those interviews."

Matt Doran in London
Matt has been slammed online after sharing this snap from London taken before the interview, with some saying he should take it down. Photo: Instagram/Matt Doran

Jackie responded, "I don’t believe they’re expecting the whole interview to be about the record but to have no questions [about it]? The record company would have flown him over, they would’ve paid for it, so I think the least he could do is ask a couple of questions about the reason you’re over there. I think it’s courteous Kyle."

Matt admitted to The Australian he'd missed the email with the link to the album in it, calling it an unfortunate mistake, not arrogance, that meant he didn't listen to Adele's new album.

He said he'd been sent a copy of the album but "somehow missed" it while flying to London. He described it as "the most important email I have ever missed", adding he was "mortified and unequivocally apologetic".

"When I sat down to interview Adele, I was totally unaware that I’d been emailed a preview of her unreleased album," he told the publication.

He also disputed claims he was "formally" suspended by Seven over the incident despite being off air for one weekend.

2GB host Ben Fordham and contributor Ray Hadley debated over it, with Ray calling Matt a "blockhead" for not doing his research.

Kyle and Jackie O
Kyle Sandilands and Jackie 'O' Henderson argued over the mistake with Kyle defending Matt and Jackie saying it would have been courteous to listen to the album. Photo: Instagram/Kyle and Jackie O

Ben, however, disagreed, saying he felt bad for Matt, "I feel sorry for him because he is a very smart bloke, he is a very decent person and all he saw in his inbox was an e-copy to Adele and he thought it was some sort of card," Ben said.

Ray responded, "If you are going to interview Adele and she has got an album for the first time in a number of years … Don’t feel sorry for him. He is a blockhead.

"You and I differ on many things in relation to people who are blockheads. I am telling you, he is a blockhead."

Matt has been slammed on Instagram with many people mocking his most recent post that was shared before filming the interview in the UK on November 4.

"Back at it with the boys! This one is going to be pretty special," he captioned a selfie alongside two Channel Seven crew members with the London Bridge behind them.

"Photos taken minutes before disaster," one person commented, with another writing, "This picture did not age well at all".

"Seriously? What kind of journalist doesn’t do his homework. Fly halfway across the world and don’t even listen to the album," someone else commented.

"Why do you still have this post up?" another asked. "Might be best to just delete it."

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