Off to La- La Land

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - DEBBIE SCHIPP Kyle and Jackie O’s Night With The Stars, South­ern Cross, Mon­day, 9.30pm

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.’’

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