Kyle Sandilands has flatly ruled out returning to stuttering rival 2Day FM, amid reports Austereo is lining up a $20m bid to lure him and Jackie Henderson (Jackie O) back to their former home.
Kyle and Jackie O respond to rumours
Kyle Sandilands rules out returning to rival radio station 2Day FM, despite rumours of a $20m offer to leave KIIS 1065.
While admitting he was flattered, in typically hyperbolic Sandilands style he said they could offer him the entire business and he still wouldn't be interested
"Let me just go on record saying I would never go back to Austereo even if they gave me the radio station," he said on air. "If they said, 'Here: You own it now', I would say, 'No, thanks'."
Henderson echoed her sidekick's denial, saying she had had no contact from Austereo.
And Sandilands couldn't resist having a sarcastic pop at struggling 2Day FM, who signed TV personality Rove McManus and Bachelorette Sam Frost – a newcomer to radio – to their breakfast slot late last year.
"They've got Rove and Sam now – isn't that doing well for them?" chortled Sandilands.
McManus and Frost debuted in November and have yet to make a ratings impact in the hugely competitive timeslot.
McManus and Frost scored 3 in the last ratings survey compared with KIIS 1065's FM-leading 10.1
When Sandilands and Henderson defected from 2Day FM to KIIS 1065 at the end of 2013 the impact was immediate with most of their listeners apparently following them.
Since then 2Day FM has struggled to come up with a winning breakfast formula. Originally the station pinned its hopes on the four-handed team of Jules Lund, Merrick Watts, Mel B and Sophie Monk. They were replaced by the more youthful duo of Maz Compton and Dan Debuf who were in turn scrapped for McManus and Frost.
Southern Cross Austereo also denied the New Ltd reports that they are chasing Sandilands and Henderson
"SCA is not in discussions with Kyle and Jackie O to return to 2DayFM, or any other station in the Hit Network. (It is) completely untrue, we are not dumping staff," said SCA in a statement, adding that the station was "strongly committed" to its new breakfast format.