KIIS FM breakfast host Kyle Sandilands shared details about his past sex addiction for listeners this morning, and in front of a well-known adlander.
Sandilands confessed to being a sex addict for two years of his life as part of an on-air segment to see if the radio host could have a future in politics.
The segment was led by former Labor MP-turned-media personality Sam Dastyari, with Campaign Edge founder and ECD Dee Madigan brought in to play the role of spin doctor.
The radio shock jock revealed on-air he was “so depressed and shocked” following his divorce from Tamara Jaber in 2010.
“I didn’t feel like a man, and part of the problem was the sex had dried up and, you know, I thought, ‘I’m going to have to pick up my game in this area,’” he said.
“It’s weird to think back on it, but I think the reason I was a sex addict was because I wanted to prove to myself that I was still a man, and still desired, and that I still desire women and can treat them well.
“Plus, I was addicted to drugs as well.”
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Madigan suggested Sandilands should spin his sex addiction as: “If you’re going to do something, do it properly.”
However, Dastyari wasn’t buying the radio host’s reason for becoming a sex addict.
“Your take on your sex addiction is that because you were depressed, so you became a sex addict?” Dastyari said.
“Well, I wasn’t just depressed. I was confused and I was sort of in a weird hole,” Sandilands replied.
But KIIS FM’s Jackie “O” Henderson backed her co-host on this point: “You know what, I do believe that, ‘cause I was there during that time.”
“And it wasn’t full sex addict,” Sandilands added. “I didn’t try to crack on to Jackie or anything. It wasn’t like any hole’s a goal. It was only like models and actresses and singers.”
Henderson also noted that she was pregnant at the time, “so I don’t think he really wanted that”.