Beau Ryan pulled a rather cruel stunt on Jackie ‘O’ Henderson this week, telling her he was quitting KIIS FM to replace Matty Johns on Triple M’s The Grill Team.
During an ‘Only Lying’ segment, the 33-year-old former NRL star claimed he had just signed a five-year deal with Southern Cross Austereo.
Jackie, 43, sounded devastated at the prospect of losing her colleague to another network – before Beau eventually came clean and explained it was just a prank.
‘Where is this coming from?’ Beau Ryan said he signed a five-year deal with The Grill Team to replace Matty Johns… but it’s an ‘only lying’ prank on Jackie ‘O’ Henderson
‘I don’t know what I’ve just done,’ Beau said during the pre-recorded prank call, adding that he was outside SCA’s headquarters at World Square, Sydney.
He added: ‘I thought I’d call you first… you know how Matty Johns is leaving The Grill Team?’
Jackie sounded concerned, and immediately replied: ‘Don’t tell me!’
‘I don’t know what I’ve just done’: During the breakfast radio show’s segment Only Lying the former NRL star pranked Jackie Henderson into believing he was leaving to replace Matty Johns on Triple M’s The Grill Team
‘Well, he called me last night and told me to come meet the team, Pagey and Emma Freedman and that,’ Beau continued.
After Jackie asked why he agreed to the meeting, Beau hesitated and said he didn’t know – before dropping a bombshell.
‘I pretty much agreed to fill in for Matty Johns starting next year,’ he said.
‘What the f**k?’ a stunned Jackie responded.
‘What do you mean? Do you want to do that? You texted me the other week you didn’t want to work anywhere else!’
‘What the f***’: Jackie was left furious after Beau, who fills in on The Kyle And Jackie O Show, told her he was leaving the network. Pictured with Bachelorette Ali Oetjen
‘It’s a five-year deal,’ the former footy star replied.
Beau added he was caught up in the moment and couldn’t go back on his word, as Jackie continued to panic over the situation.
‘They’re giving me a s**t load of money and basically gave me Matty Johns’ job, and he was there,’ Beau added.
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Beau then claimed he would not be able to fill in on The Kyle and Jackie O Show anymore as part of his agreement with SCA.
‘Where is this coming from?’ Jackie asked, sounding desperate.
‘The talent on air [at Triple M] is a little bit younger than you guys, and it just feels more like me because you guys are a bit older and that,’ he replied.
Jackie then snapped at Beau for joking about her age.
All a joke! Eventually Beau revealed he would not be leaving KIIS FM to replace Matty Johns
Afterwards, once it had been established it was all joke, Jackie laughed and said ‘she was always happy for her friends’ success’.
Meanwhile, Beau revealed he thought Jackie would go ‘a little more psycho’.
On Thursday, NRL legend Matty Johns quit breakfast radio after eight years hosting Triple M’s The Grill Team.
No replacement has been announced yet.
Who will it be? Triple M’s Head of Content Mike Fitzpatrick said the station hasn’t made a decision on who will replace Matty Johns