Kyle and Jackie O’s former executive producer has exposed the bitter rivalries between some of the country’s most popular radio co-hosts.
Bruno Bouchet claimed on KIIS FM on Monday that the Australian industry was ‘littered with hosts that hate working with one another’.
Mr Bouchet – who is known on Instagram as ‘the List King’ for his viral rankings of biscuits, fast food restaurants and even Olympic sports – alleged that one of the country’s most iconic duos, Merrick Watts and Tim Ross, didn’t even get along.
Speaking out: Bruno Bouchet, the former executive producer of The Kyle and Jackie O Show, has exposed the bitter rivalries between some of the country’s most popular radio co-hosts
Merrick and Rosso began their careers on Triple J and became the so-called ‘kings of breakfast radio’ after moving to Nova in 2001.
In 2009, they parted ways and Watts said: ‘This has nothing to do with Rosso and I not liking each other. No fights, there’s no carry-on, there’s nothing like that.’
But Mr Bouchet suggested otherwise, claiming their didn’t see eye to eye towards the end of their on-air partnership.
Feud? Mr Bouchet claims that one of the country’s most iconic duos, Merrick Watts (right) and Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross (left), didn’t even get along. Pictured together on September 25, 2008
Rivals? Fifi Box (right) and Marty Sheargold (left) also disliked working together as co-hosts of Triple M’s The Shebang from 2003 to 2008, Mr Bouchet claimed. Pictured on April 27, 2007
Fifi Box and Marty Sheargold also disliked working together as co-hosts of Triple M’s The Shebang from 2003 to 2008, Mr Bouchet claimed.
‘When they did a show together, they used to sit back to back so they wouldn’t have to look at one another,’ he alleged.
In 2010, Sheargold left the network to join Nova, replacing Ash Bradnam, and by 2011 was one third of the Meshel, Tim & Marty show (now Kate, Tim & Joel).
In July this year, he announced he was leaving Nova after 10 years with the network.
Meanwhile, Fifi currently hosts Fifi, Fev and Byron on Melbourne’s Fox FM.
Not on friendly terms: Former radio hosts Peter Moon (left) and Wendy Harmer (right) also hated each other despite a long-running partnership
Mr Bouchet also claimed there had been feud between former 2Day FM breakfast hosts Em Rusciano and Harley Breen in 2017.
‘Apparently those two hated each other,’ he said.
The duo worked together for about a year, but things reportedly became so strained between them that they didn’t speak to each other off air for a week-long period.
When contacted by Daily Mail Australia on Monday afternoon, Breen’s representative denied Mr Bouchet’s claims.
Former radio hosts Peter Moon and Wendy Harmer also hated each other despite a long-running partnership, Mr Bouchet said.
The duo co-hosted the 2Day FM breakfast show for eight years, from 1995 to 2002.
Confirming the rumours were indeed true, Wendy told Daily Mail Australia on: ‘The feud wasn’t a secret; it was on air every day!’
Rivalry: Bruno also revealed the secret feud between former 2Day FM Breakfast show hosts Em Rusciano and Harley Breen (pictured)