After taking six days off work in the past two weeks, Kyle Sandilands returned to KIIS FM’s The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Monday morning.
The 47-year-old addressed his recent health issues on the breakfast program, telling listeners that he was suffering from migraines as a result of sleep apnoea.
Kyle also claimed that his situation was blown out of proportion by his colleagues, who showed up unannounced at his home over the weekend to check up on him.
Back in the saddle! After taking six days off work in the past two weeks, Kyle Sandilands (pictured) returned to KIIS FM’s The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Monday morning
‘He returns!’ declared Kyle at the start of the show, adding that his co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson was off sick that day.
Beau Ryan, who was filling in for Jackie, admitted that he was ‘thinking the worst’ and even checking Kyle’s girlfriend’s Instagram account over the weekend for evidence that he was doing okay.
The shock jock confirmed he was ‘feeling great’, before clarifying: ‘For everyone who’s kept texting, ringing, showing up unannounced, doing unauthorised newspaper articles… I’m not suicidal. Nothing’s wrong with me. I was actually ill!’
Explanation: Kyle addressed his recent health issues on his breakfast show, telling listeners that he was suffering from migraines as a result of sleep apnoea. Pictured with his girlfriend Imogen Anthony
Fears: Beau Ryan (left), who was filling in for Jackie O (right) on Monday, admitted that he was ‘thinking the worst’ due to Kyle’s recent spate of absences
WHAT IS SLEEP APNOEA?
Sleep apnoea is an involuntary cessation of breathing that occurs while the patient is asleep.
There are three types of sleep apnoea: obstructive, central, and mixed. Of the three, obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) for short, is the most common.
Despite the difference in the root cause of each type, in all three, people with untreated sleep apnoea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer.
In most cases the sleeper is unaware of these breath stoppages because they don’t trigger a full awakening.
Left untreated, sleep apnoea can have serious and life-shortening consequences: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, automobile accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel, diabetes, depression, and other ailments.
Admitting that several people had reached out to him on R U OK? Day, he announced: ‘Don’t worry. I’m a rock’.
‘I’ve got blood pressure medication. I’ve got sleep apnoea and I’m a fat thing,’ he said, explaining his health issues.
‘So I get into this cycle of gasping for breath, not getting enough oxygen and getting a migraine. I’ve got to have tablets, these things happen… I’m on new medication, which I told everyone a couple of weeks ago [would] make me funny for a couple of weeks. But they all forgot about that.’
He added: ‘Bruno [Bouchet, producer] and Jackie just appeared at my house on Friday at midday. Dinging on the bell, apparently. I was at the doctors, I wasn’t even there.
‘They Just appeared without even like a … no text, nothing. Showed up like an intervention!’
Kyle’s radio comeback comes after listeners feared the worst when his girlfriend Imogen Anthony, 27, claimed on Friday he was ‘extremely sick’.
However, she clarified over the weekend that he was ‘alive’ and recovering at their $3million Southern Highlands farm.
Concerns: Kyle’s radio comeback comes after listeners feared the worst when his girlfriend Imogen Anthony (right) claimed on Friday he was ‘extremely sick’. Pictured in November 2017
Setting the record straight: However, Imogen clarified over the weekend that Kyle was ‘alive’ and recovering at their $3million Southern Highlands farm