A senior anti-vax producer on The Kyle and Jackie O Show has been ordered to work from home after refusing to get the Covid vaccine.
Pedro Vitola, from western Sydney, wasn’t at KIIS FM’s North Ryde studios on Monday, and host Kyle Sandilands told listeners it was because he wasn’t vaccinated.
“Where’s Pedro?” Sandilands asked before 7 a.m., to which an in-studio producer replied, “He works from home.”
Banned from the workplace: Pedro Vitola, a senior producer on The Kyle and Jackie O Show, has been ordered to work from home after refusing to get the Covid-19 vaccine
Sandilands, 50, then said: ‘Oh, because he’s still ‘I haven’t been vaccinated’. Stupid asshole. What a fucking pain in the ass.’
His co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson replied, “You can’t say that!”
Sandilands further complained about Vitola’s anti-vaccination stance, which he said ran counter to his wife Patty’s alleged penchant for “lip injections.”
“Jesus Christ, he’s still going. His girlfriend is getting the lip injections, no drama about that – that’s fine!’ he said.
However, Henderson denied that Vitola’s wife is getting lip filler, saying she’s “natural.”
Banned: Mr Vitola, from Sydney’s west, wasn’t at KIIS FM’s North Ryde studios on Monday, and host Kyle Sandilands told listeners it was because he hadn’t been vaccinated. He is pictured with former Kyle and Jackie O executive producer Bruno Bouchet (left)
An ARN spokesperson confirmed to the Daily Mail Australia on Monday afternoon that Vitola has been instructed to work from home until he is vaccinated.
“ARN would like to do our part by helping Australian businesses get back on their feet and reconnecting everyone face-to-face in the community,” they said.
‘Vaccination is the way to get there. To make it easy for people to get vaccinated, everyone at ARN can get paid vaccination leave to have more flexibility in planning and attending their vaccination appointment.
“While we understand that vaccination is a personal choice, in line with NSW government health regulations, people coming from LGS of concern and not vaccinated should work from home.”
Annoyed: Radio host Kyle Sandilands (pictured) said of Vitola Monday morning: ‘Oh…he’s still ‘I haven’t been vaccinated’. Stupid asshole. What a damn pain in the ass’
Vitola previously described himself on the air as anti-vaccine and “in conspiracies.”
Sandilands asked him outright in late July if he was an “anti-vaxxer,” and he said, “Yeah, but I’m not going to talk about it.”
Vitola also said last month that he didn’t want to get the shot because he is young and healthy, adding that getting vaccinated is a “personal choice”.
When asked why he didn’t want the vaccine, he refused to explain himself.
At the time, Sandilands — who received his second Pfizer shot in July — asked Vitola what he would do if KIIS FM enforced a “no jab, no job” policy, and the producer said he still wouldn’t get the vaccine.
On the outside: An ARN spokesperson confirmed to Daily Mail Australia on Monday afternoon that Vitola has been instructed to work from home until vaccinated
Sandilands said in February that he was pushing for a vaccine mandate at his workplace.
He informed his colleagues of his decision after Henderson – who has since received the AstraZeneca injection – expressed concerns about the vaccine.
After Vitola said he wouldn’t get the vaccine right away, Sandilands snapped, “If you don’t get it, you’re out. No shot, no job.’
‘No jab, no job’: Sandilands (pictured with co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson and news anchor Brooklyn Ross) said in February he was pushing for a vaccine mandate at his workplace
Mandatory vaccines have been a topic of discussion in the workplace, with the government leaving the decision to employers.
Airline Qantas and food processing company SPC have announced that they are vaccinating their staff.
Media companies, including Channel 10 and the Seven Network, have conducted internal surveys to ask for their views on a vaccine mandate.
Workplace decision: Mandatory vaccines are a topic of discussion in the workplace, with the government leaving the decision to employers