Kyle has defended Intern Pete amid backlash over his Steve Smith press conference stunt.
Kyle has defended Intern Pete amid backlash over his Steve Smith press conference stunt.

‘Couldn’t give a s**t’: Kyle defends Intern Pete

KYLE and Jackie O have defended "Intern Pete" in the wake of the cricket scandal, but admitted they'd had no idea what he was planning to do.

The KIIS FM breakfast show producer was hit with swift backlash last week after a tasteless stunt at Steve Smith's emotional press conference.

"Intern Pete was in trouble over the weekend ... I woke up to the news. I didn't even know what was going on until the next day. I'm cringing at the thought," Jackie O said during this morning's show.

"Who cares? It's a cricket game at the end of the day ... he got death threats, people threatened Intern Pete with death - these are loons," Kyle replied.

"We didn't know he was going to [ask the question], but I still support him - I couldn't give a s**t."

Teary former cricket captain Smith was apologising to the nation for his role in the ball-tampering scandal during a press conference last week when Deppeler was called on to ask a question.

Saying he wanted to take a "change of tack", he said: "I want to let you know from the perspective [of the] non-sports community of Australians, to see you upset tonight is very sad.

"Mate I've got to tell you ... hold your head high for what you have done because what's actually been worse is what Davina and Dean did on Married At First Sight."

Steve Smith was incredibly emotional during the presser. Picture: AP Photo/Steve Christo
Steve Smith was incredibly emotional during the presser. Picture: AP Photo/Steve Christo

 

Social media quickly erupted with outrage, with many celebrities and journalists slamming Deppeler for his question.

"As soon as I woke up and saw all this stuff, I thought, 'Oh, I don't want to know what he's done,'" Jackie O said today.

"I haven't seen it myself - I can't bring myself to watch it. I've since heard, of course, what he did."

Kyle also addressed calls for Deppeler to be sacked and Cricket Australia's decision to pull advertising from ARN in the wake of the scandal, declaring he couldn't "give a s**t".

"We'll decide whether he stays or goes, certainly not Cricket Australia, who've decided not to advertise anymore ... Oh, my heart bleeds. What'd we play, two ads?"

Last week, Deppeler broke his silence on the controversy in an exclusive interview with news.com.au.

"Many Australians take their cricket very, very seriously, and others, not so much," Deppeler told news.com.au when asked about the reaction to his behaviour.

"From those who do take it seriously, I understand where they're coming from. For the rest of the country who don't follow the sport, I've received a lot of support as they can see the level of social media trolling that's been directed at me which, ironically, had all previously been directed at the three cricket players since it was revealed they'd cheated."


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