Returning Australian Idol judge Kyle Sandilands has revealed he and fellow judge Harry Connick Jr didn't get along while filming the singing competition. During an interview with KIIS FM's Will and Woody before the show's premiere next week, Kyle shared that the two judges were involved in a "blow up" and didn't speak off set.
"I didn’t mind him … I don’t feel he got the vibe of me," Kyle said, adding that things had been "prickly" between the two men from the beginning of their working relationship.
"Personally, I don’t think he gelled with me. If someone doesn’t like you, and you feel it, you just don’t like them automatically," the shock jock said, adding the argument came following a disagreement about including pronouns on contestants' sheets.
"Yes, we had a blow up … It wasn’t a Michael Clarke, Karl Stefanovic situation," he joked. "He rang me, I was leaving, I was climbing up the 3 or 4 steps to my plane while he was lined up for the airport going through security."
"I said to someone that he wanted the pronouns to be put onto the contestants’ sheets. I thought I heard him say to a producer, ‘we need the pronouns’ and I told someone on an interview, 'Oh Harry’s going on about the pronouns.''
"Apparently, it wasn’t Harry. And he rang me and he took great offence," Kyle added, saying he apologised and that it was "no big deal".
"I just thought ‘what a flop’ and hung up," he said. "That was it. Friendship over."
Kyle shared that he and Harry "don't really chat off the set", with the radio host adding, "He’s a busy guy, he enjoys his own company."
Aussie star Amy Shark and American singer Meghan Trainor will join the pair on the judging panel. Hosting the show will be Australian Idol alum Ricki-Kee and former E! News host Scott Tweedie.
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