Kyle Sandilands is returning to Channel 10, a decade after he was fired by the network, to debut a new TV show where he will attempt to resolve on-air disputes and dramas.
The radio and TV star, 47, is working on a Judge Judy-style show named Trial by Kyle, set to air for the first time during Ten’s Pilot Week running from Sunday, August 19 to Saturday, August 25.
Confirming the news on his radio show with co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson recently, Sandilands said he wouldn’t hold a grudge against the network for his shock exit previously, before hinting the money was an added bonus.
Sandilands was fired from Australian Idol in 2009 after sparking outrage by questioning a 14-year-old girl about her sex life on the radio in a bizarre lie detector segment.
“There’s been rumours I was going to be doing a Judge Judy style show at Channel Ten,” he told listeners recently.
“I hold grudges normally. But [in this instance] I don’t because I’m returning to Channel Ten. The people who terribly fired me back in the day. If I hold grudges, why would I go back to a dog of a network that treated me so badly?”
As Jackie speculated it may be due to a large pay cheque, Sandilands all but confirmed it on air.
“Correct,” he added. “I’ve signed off on it. I’ve signed on to do one – I’m not sure how it’s going to go. People will come in with their stupid arguments [and] neighbourhood disputes.
“Celebrities going up against photographers. I’ve already got one of those locked in. This is the sort of show I’m going to do. [It’s] very, very similar to arbitration. I haven’t decided if it’s just going to be me or a panel of jurors.”
Network Ten confirmed to Starts at 60 that the show will tackle “tough cases” and disputes with celebrity guests throughout.
“As Kyle carefully unravels each case, former The Bachelor Australia star and criminal lawyer Anna Heinrich is on hand to assist in forensically analysing the evidence,” they added in a statement.
The show will air alongside seven other brand new programmes as part of the network’s Pilot Week. Each will be given a slot to test public opinion and ratings, before it’s decided if it’s popular enough to roll out in future.