Kyle Sandilands is in full damage control as he tries to fix his public image after a few off-the-cuff comments landed him in hot water.
The Sydney radio station host pissed a lot of people off two weeks ago when he cast his opinions on the Virgin Mary and religious people in general.
He told his listeners on The Kyle and Jackie O Show: "I thought Mary was his [Jesus Christ's] girlfriend but apparently it was the mother. And the mother lied obviously and told everyone 'Nah I got pregnant by a magical ghost'. Bullshit. Someone chock-a-blocked her behind the camel shed.
"You might believe everything that's written down 2,000 years ago to be absolutely accurate and good on you, you're dumb. Dumb as dog shit."
He's since apologised for making the deeply offensive comments but has recently admitted he didn't realise how much of a stir it was going to make.
He and his on-air partner Jackie Henderson have been off the airwaves for the past week and Kyle is doing his show from Los Angeles. Protestors have staged a rally outside the Sydney office, calling for the shock jock to be fired.
Today he addressed the furore from last fortnight, saying he isn't going anywhere.
"Am I going to quit? No. Am I going to get fired? No," Sandilands said.
"Am I sorry? Absolutely I am sorry because as I've said, I never intended to purposely upset anyone. Obviously I have upset people and I am sorry for it. There is nothing else I can do. We have all made mistakes in our life and this is just one of the many I have made."
"I am the dumb one for saying it. What I didn't realise until I started taking these calls is that I had stepped on the belief of other people and that is what I had done wrong.
"It was a joke and it was a hugely bad decision...poor taste...I didn't plan that joke, I didn't write it down. I was just spit balling live here doing what I do and I didn't realise the gravity of it and it really upset a lot of people."
"Truly from the bottom of my heart, never do I want to make someone so angry that they don't want to listen to the show or they don't want to listen to me, nor do I want them to be so enraged that they are threatening to kill people over something that I've said."
So, he's essentially saying that he didn't realise calling the Virgin Mary a liar and Christians or people who believe in religion in general 'dumb as dog shit' was going to be offensive. Okay, then.
His apology has been met with acceptance and anger but at least one thing is clear, Kyle won't be sacked because of the comments.
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