Off to La- La Land
LAST time we saw Jackie O and her 2DAYFM sidekick Kyle Sandilands on our TV screens was as hosts of the ill- fated Big Brother in its final series in 2008.
For Jackie O ( married name Henderson), life has been a whirlwind since the controversy of 2009 when the duo was suspended after an on- air stunt, and the criticism she received when she was caught feeding her baby while crossing the road, and the joy in the form of that much- wanted baby, Kitty.
The controversial radio pair ( pictured) returns to television this week for their one- off Kyle and Jackie O’s Night With The Stars special, a test- drive for Seven network executives to see if there is potential for a permanent show.
But Jackie O is perhaps just looking forward to spending time with Sandilands in the same studio, given that he spends a large slice of his life these days co- hosting their show from Los Angeles, while Jackie O is in Sydney.
‘‘ I’m more of a homebody these days since I had Kitty,’’ she says. ‘‘ It’s more than a year since I’ve been to LA.
‘‘ She [ Kitty] has got her wings – we took her to the UK when Kyle and I did the royal wedding, but it was just too much upheaval for her.’’
The plan is to do the show, then get back home to wrap up the radio year, and continue planning Kitty’s first birthday party on December 10.
On the special, Jackie O says the pair knows their fodder, and is ever- conscious that what works on radio doesn’t automatically translate to the screen.
‘‘ You have to think about what translates on screen,’’ she says.
‘‘ You would think the two are similar but they’re really not.
‘‘ The content will be a reflection of what’s happened over the year in terms of scandals and marriages and divorces, crossed with celebrity interviews. ‘‘ We’ll be bringing to the table what we do on radio in terms of that chemistry and how we conduct the interviews. So it’s more just a fun celebrity one- off special to wrap up the year. For me, the biggest showbiz story of the year has to be Charlie Sheen.
‘‘ I love those kinds of things, when celebrities get totally out of control and just lose the plot and implode.’’
Jackie O says she enjoyed the Big Brother television experiment, despite the fact it was panned in some quarters.
‘‘ I don’t love all the television shows I’ve done, because I just haven’t enjoyed them all, but I did have fun working on Big Brother,’’ she says.
‘‘ It was more off the cuff and similar to what I do on radio.’’
For now, she’s taking the same ‘‘ let’s see approach’’ to her return to television as are Seven’s executives to the 90- minute special.
‘‘ I don’t know if it’s part of a grander plan,’’ she says.
‘‘ I don’t know if I could commit to doing anything more than one because of my situation.
‘‘ I guess I’ll just cross that bridge if it comes around.’’