Duo’s starry NIGHT

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Close Up - Debbie Schipp

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 ever since. It has in­cluded con­tro­versy when the duo was sus­pended af­ter an on-air stunt in 2009, crit­i­cism when she was caught feed­ing her new baby while cross­ing the road and pure joy in the form of baby, Kitty.

The ra­dio pair­ing re­turn 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 sow.

But Jackie O is per­haps just look­ing for­ward to spend­ing time with Sandi­lands, given that he spends much of his life co-host­ing their show from Los An­ge­les, while she 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.

Jackie O says the pair is ever-con­scious that what works on ra­dio doesn’t au­to­mat­i­cally trans­late to the screen.

“You would think the two are sim­i­lar but they’re re­ally not,” she says. “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 do­ing Big Brother, even though 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 the small screen as Seven ex­ec­u­tives are to the 90-minute spe­cial.

“I don’t know if it’s part of a grander plan,” she says.

“I guess I’ll cross that bridge if it comes around.” –

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