Outrageous? Definitely. Boob grabs, sex talk, explicit photos and references to the size of celebrity’s appendages, were the rule more so than the exception.
“Some fat slag on news.com.au has already branded it a disaster. You can tell by reading the article that she just hates us and has always hated us.
“What a fat bitter thing you are. You’re deputy editor of an online thing. You’ve got a nothing job anyway. Just so you know, you’re a piece of shit.
“This low thing, Alison Stephenson, deputy editor of news.com.au online. Alison, you’re supposed to be impartial, you little troll.
“You’re a bullshit artist, girl. You should be fired from your job. Your hair’s very 90s. And your blouse. You haven’t got that much titty to be having that low cut a blouse. Change your image, girl. Watch your mouth or I’ll hunt you down.”
He also said even though he disliked TV shows by Merrick and Rosso and Rove McManus he gave them the benfit of the doubt.
Jackie O. told him he should learn to take criticism on the chin.
Mediaweek yesterday declined to detail Sandilands’ reaction noting: Sandilands read from the review of their TV show at the start of his radio show this morning with comments we can’t repeat here.
Other media also criticised the show including the Daily Telegraph, which published a sliding scale of the show’s ratings results.
While the show’s 650,000 viewers were a respectable result for the lengthy, late night time slot, the preliminary figures were buoyed by The X Factor running overtime. Across the broadcast they dropped from more than 1.4m to just 200,000.
Sandilands is no stranger to controversy but Seven execs are likely to be looking at ratings performances, audience, advertiser and media reaction, as well as the way Kyle and Jackie O respond to feedback.
The chat show special was widely seen by many as an experiment to see how a primetime special would perform.