Radio host Wippa announces X-rated career move: 'Too risqué'

EXCLUSIVE: The Nova presenter spills on his latest project.

While there have been plenty of Australian actors, singers and comedians who have written children’s books in recent years, radio host Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli has taken a slightly different route.

The popular Nova breakfast presenter has released an erotic fiction novel titled ‘The Far Too Personal Trainer’, which he tells Yahoo Lifestyle is both “eye-opening and educational”.

Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli posing with his book ‘The Far Too Personal Trainer’.
Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli has released an erotic fiction novel titled ‘The Far Too Personal Trainer’. Photos: Instagram/fitzywippakate

“10 years ago I was away on a holiday with my wife and she was reading Fifty Shades of Grey and I thought, how hard could this be?” he recalls.

“Like any bad erotica video or book, you just need some rough storyline and the next thing you know you're into it.”


The novel, which is also set to be released as an audiobook, centres around personal trainer Ben Holder and his complicated relationship with his clients.

“Not only do the married women of Sydney have a like for this guy, Ben Holder, but at the same time, he's got a broken heart,” Wippa details.

“So you kind of learn why he’s like that, and then you wonder has he kicked his old habits when an old girlfriend comes back into town? She's had a change in her relationship, he’s still completely in love, and you’ve got to work out whether he's mature enough to think with his head and not with his other thing.”

'Too risqué'

Wippa explains that although the novel isn’t based on his own life, there are certainly some elements of truth to the story.

“I did have a personal trainer that I met with once a week and I wouldn't do any exercise, don’t get me wrong, but he would tell me some phenomenal stories,” he shares.

“He was a good-looking rooster and married women around town looked at him like a bit of a target. And the stories were wild, I thought, there's a book in this one day.”

He adds that that the book was “too risqué” to release when he wrote it 10 years ago, but believes now is the perfect time for it to come out.

“We’re in 2023, it’s about expression. It’s about the freedom to say what you want,” he says.

“There needs to be a celebration, no one's getting hurt, we’re all adults. There are parts of it that need to be read in your own space in your own time and that stuff doesn't make it to air on the radio. We just thought this was very funny that someone thought they could do this.”

The Far Too Personal Trainer is out now, with part proceeds supporting the Cooper Rice Brading Foundation.

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