Kyle Sandilands doubles down on 'blindly defending' Guy Sebastian

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Kyle Sandilands has explained why he was so quick to jump to Guy Sebastian’s defence last month after the singer was met with backlash over his vaccination stance.

The Voice judge ran into controversy last month when he apologised for promoting the music industry’s pro-vaccination campaign #VaxTheNation on his Instagram.

Guy Sebastian and Kyle Sandilands.
Kyle Sandilands has explained why he defended Guy Sebastian last month. Photos: Instagram/guysebastian/kyleandjackieo

“The campaign was posted to my page without my direct involvement and whilst I, like everybody else in my industry, want things to get going again, it is not my role to communicate in the way that the post was communicating,” Guy explained on social media.

“I would never, ever tell people what to do when it comes to their personal health choices.”

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While Guy’s stance was met with criticism from a number of stars, including musician Ben Lee, he received support from Kyle who took it upon himself to blast Ben on his radio show.

“Who could care less about what Ben Lee thinks. You did one song 15 years ago, a**ehole, so pull your furry head in and stop b*tching about someone else who does remarkably well,” he said on-air.

Ben Lee.
Kyle has since admitted that he ‘wasn’t nice’ to Ben Lee. Photo: Instagram/benleemusic

Kyle has since opened up about his rather harsh comments during an interview with the Catch My Disease hitmaker on Wednesday morning, admitting that he acted like a “lunatic”.

“I blindly defend friends of mine even if they’re wrong, just so you know,” he confessed. “This is my personality. I don’t even need to know or ask any questions, I’ll defend immediately. Sometimes to my own detriment, more often than not, I think it’s good.”

The 50-year-old went on to say that he “wasn’t nice” and “went hard” on Ben when defending Guy, and commended the singer on his “gentleman’s response” to what he had said.

Shortly after Kyle’s initial comments, Ben posted a TikTok making light of the situation and jokingly suggested that the pair quite literally kiss and make-up.

“Honestly, I do admire that nobility in defending friends and stuff,” Ben said during his interview with Kyle.

“I don’t want to get into piling on Guy and that, but I do think what was at stake here was around public messaging around vaccinations and it was important to have a dialogue about.”

He also explained that he wanted to use humour to try and diffuse Kyle’s personal attack, which he labelled “an outdated and archaic way of having dialogue”.

“I think we actually have to be able to talk about how artists are going to use our platforms and connect with our audiences in society,” he said.

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