Karl Stefanovic is targeted by vile trolls saying they wish HE had a serious illness – after his 60 Minutes segment with Kyle Sandilands was criticised for ‘faking’ a dire diagnosis
Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes received an avalanche of criticism on Sunday night, after radio host Kyle Sandilands’ supposed ‘health crisis tell-all’ was revealed to be nothing but a joke.
And Karl Stefanovic, who hosted the controversial segment, revealed on Monday that he had been targeted by trolls in the aftermath of the broadcast.
‘I had a few [messages] sent through to me that said, “I wish you had something wrong with you, Karlos.” I had quite a few of those,’ he said on The Kyle and Jackie O Show.
‘I had quite a few of those’: Karl Stefanovic has been targeted by Internet trolls in the aftermath of his controversial 60 Minutes interview with Karl Stefanovic and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson
The Today show host’s admission was met with hysterical laughter from Kyle and his co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson.
‘Did you? What’s wrong with people?’ Karl roared.
Imitating one of his critics, Karl said: ‘Looks like you’ve got a problem with your heartbeat, Stefanovic!’
Earlier in the segment, Kyle acknowledged that his joke about having a serious illness had rubbed many viewers the wrong way.
‘We read a lot of [Twitter] haters out this morning, hating on us, hating on 60 Minutes, hating on me mainly,’ Kyle said.
‘And a lot of talk on how red and beetroot-like I looked on the television!’
Bad taste: The current affairs program received an avalanche of criticism on Sunday night, after Kyle Sandilands’ supposed ‘health crisis tell-all’ was revealed to be nothing but a joke
60 Minutes was slammed for suggesting in promos last week that Kyle would reveal he had been secretly battling a serious health condition – only for the radio king to say he was joking when the segment went to air.
In a preview for the show, Jackie had tears in her eyes as her KIIS FM colleague told her he had been keeping his ‘diagnosis’ a secret for some time.
But Kyle confirmed his big reveal was a wind-up on Sunday night – prompting a furious response from viewers who accused Nine of ‘false advertising’.
Not cool: 60 Minutes was slammed for suggesting in promos last week that Kyle would reveal he had been secretly battling a serious health condition – only for the radio king to say he was joking when the segment went to air. Pictured with Jackie ‘O’ Henderson
‘I love you and it’s been wonderful,’ the 48-year-old said to Jackie in trailers that aired last week.
‘[But] there’s a condition I’ve been diagnosed with I haven’t spoken to anyone about.’
In the full version of the segment that aired on Sunday night, Kyle answered wryly ‘yeah’ when Jackie asked him if he was joking.
Emotional: Kyle was in tears (left) in a 60 Minutes preview as he prepared to reveal the health condition – but the revelation it was a wind-up left Jackie and Karl (right) stunned
‘You had me – you so had me,’ Jackie responded. ‘That was really cruel – a**hole.’
The stunt drew the ire of former Senator and outspoken commentator Derryn Hinch, who said joking about serious illnesses was no laughing matter.
‘Anybody who has ever been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and had to tell loved ones, would not appreciate Kyle Sandilands’ “joke” tonight,’ he wrote on Twitter.
‘That’s off brand’: Entertainment reporter Peter Ford tweeted on Sunday night that 60 Minutes had gone ‘off brand’ with the prank
Entertainment reporter Peter Ford said 60 Minutes had gone ‘off brand’ by promoting Kyle’s prank as an emotionally charged tell-all interview.
‘One thing for to pull a prank about a life threatening illness. That’s on brand. Different thing for to use it in a promo knowing they wouldn’t be delivering. That’s off brand,’ he wrote.
However, Kyle did reveal elsewhere in the program that his blood pressure was so high he could die ‘at any stage, at any time, day or night’.
At risk: However, Kyle did reveal elsewhere in the program that his blood pressure was so high he could die ‘at any stage, at any time, day or night’