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Saturday 10 October 2015

Australian Idol judge fired after teenager's rape revelation live on radio

Published 04/08/2009

A DJ has been sacked as a judge on television's Australian Idol and his radio job is in jeopardy after an on-air stunt resulted in a teenage girl revealing she had been raped.

Australia's Network Ten announced yesterday that Kyle Sandilands would no longer work with the TV talent show, which he had judged for four years.

Sandilands has been under fire since last Wednesday, when on his popular morning radio program, The Kyle and Jackie O Show, a 14-year-old girl was hooked up to a lie detector and asked about her sexual history, at her mother's request.

When the girl revealed she had been raped when she was 12, Sandilands responded, "Is that the only experience you've had?"

Sandilands' reaction to the girl's admission caused an immediate furore that led to him issuing several apologies to the girl and to the public.

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