Sophie Monk reflects on her 'sh*t' radio gig: 'It really messed with me'

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Aussie icon Sophie Monk has had an ever-expanding list of jobs during her 20-year career in the media industry, including a singer, host and reality TV star.

The multi-hyphenate has recently reflected on her brief stint in radio working for 2Day FM, saying: “It really messed with me”.

Sophie Monk smiling.
Sophie described her short-lived radio career as “tough”. Photo: Channel Nine

Sophie’s admission came during her appearance on the podcast Is It Just Me?, hosted by KIIS FM presenter Mitch Churi and TikTok comedian Mitchell Coombs.

“I love radio, but I love everything too,” the former Bachelorette admitted when asked if she’d ever return to the airwaves.

“Breakfast radio is tough. It really messed with me because we had no ratings either.”

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Sophie went on to point out that RPH, the radio station that reads newspapers for Australians with a print disability, received higher ratings than her show.

“Getting up early to do a sh*t radio show burns you out,” she added.

The 41-year-old co-hosted the 2Day FM breakfast show in 2013 with Jules Lund, Merrick Watts and Spice Girl Mel B, taking over from Kyle and Jackie O when they moved to KIIS 1065.

However, her show was axed less than a year after its debut due to poor ratings.

Sophie Monk with Mel B, Merrick Watts and Jules Lund.
Sophie Monk’s radio show produced the worst survey result for 2Day FM at the time. Photo: 2Day FM

Sophie is currently hosting the revamped series of Beauty and the Geek, which Channel Nine brought back to Australian TV screens after a seven-year hiatus.

Labelled a social experiment, the reality show aims to pair contestants from different walks of life to learn from each other and sometimes find love.

Sophie spoke to Yahoo Lifestyle all about the series’ revival and why it should earn a spot in viewer’s hearts.

“I don't know why it ever went away to be honest because everyone loved it,” she confessed.

“It’s developed so much since back in the day where it was a one-trick pony, with the geek looking really geeky and the beauty made to look like a bimbo.

“That’s not what it’s about anymore. The challenges aren't trying to make anyone look silly, it’s not picking on anyone. The challenges are really helping each other grow and bring them out of their shells, both sides.”

Sophie Monk.
Sophie says Beauty and the Geek is her “favourite show by far”. Photo: Channel Nine

Despite being an evident beauty, Sophie describes herself as a geek who loves board games, computer games and VR. Her fiancé, 42-year-old Joshua Gross, is also a neurosurgical robotics consultant.

“I don't know if there's anything cool about me, to be honest,” she acknowledged. “I’ve kind of given up trying to be cool.”

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