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Kyle to receive shock pay rise after scandal

Kyle is set to be $50 million richer by 2024
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Kyle Sandilands is set to receive a huge pay rise, despite his controversial comments regarding the Virgin Mary last month. 

WTCH: Kyle and Jackie O announce 50 Million dollar deal

Kyle and his KIIS FM co-host Jackie O, have reportedly signed one of the biggest media deals in Australian history, earning $7-8 million more per year which guarantees them a spot on the air until 2024. 

7News has reported that KIIS has extended the duo’s contracts for another four years, as well as promising the controversial radio hosts an eye-watering $39,000 each per three-hour episode. 

7News also suggests that Kyle stands to gain $50 million by the end of 2024, despite a constant stream of scandals following the radio personality.

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Will Kyle and Jackie be the highest paid people in Aussie entertainment? (Credit: KIIS FM)

Kyle has addressed his pay rise, even calling the number ‘absurd’ when he spoke with News.com.au. 

“I don’t discuss the absurd amount of money I get given to do something I love,” Kyle told the publication.

“Don’t get me wrong, the money’s fantastic, but what really counts for me is the acknowledgement that what Jackie and I have created is one of the most successful shows on earth.”  

WATCH: How Kyle and Jackie O sounded 10 years ago!

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Kyle and Jackie O
(Credit: Getty)

The Kyle and Jackie O Show is currently the number one breakfast show in Sydney. 

“There is no secret to the show’s success,” Kyle told News.com.au.

“Ultimately it’s genuine chemistry. I love working with Jackie and that simply can’t be created; it’s either there or it’s not.

“A lot of other stations throw strangers together and scratch their heads when it fails miserably. Radio’s actually really easy, it’s just bad programmers that make it unnecessarily difficult.”

Kyle and Jackie O
Kyle and Jackie O in 2001 (Credit: Getty)

Last month Kyle Sandilands was forced to apologise to his religious viewers over an unsavoury joke about the Virgin Mary, which left many former fans calling for the veteran presenter’s resignation. 

“Am I going to quit? No. Am I going to get fired? No. Am I sorry? Absolutely I am sorry,” Kyle’s grovelling apology began on September 30. 

“I never intended to purposely upset anyone. Obviously, I have upset people and I am sorry for it. There’s nothing else I can do but to say, hey, I am sorry for that.”

Kyle, 48, went on to claim that someone published his mobile phone number online after his Virgin Mary comments and he received hundreds of angry calls.

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Kyle Sandiland arrives ahead of the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Runway Show, 2018 (Credit: Getty)

“Some were very, very aggressive, a lot of people hung up … there were threats,” he said.

“But the main thing I took out of it was, you know me, I believe everyone has the right to their own opinion and their own religious beliefs and no one has the right to take that away from them. But what I didn’t realise until I started taking these calls was that I’d stepped on the belief of other people and that’s what I’d done wrong,” he told listeners. 

“It was a joke and it was a hugely bad decision, poor taste. I didn’t plan that joke … I was just spit-balling live here. I didn’t realise the gravity of it and it really upset a lot of people. Even friends of mine were like, ‘Bro, how could you say something so dumb like that?’”

“I get upset at the fact that I’ve caused a lot of grief to a lot of people,” Kyle continued. 

“That’s never what I meant to do. I was just trying to make people have a laugh and I didn’t realise I was trodding [sic] quite heavily on very gentle territory for a lot of people.”

Watch KIIS FM’s ‘most-watched’ video of Kyle! 

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