Kyle Sandilands tells Jackie O on Kiis FM that he stood up a casting call for Modern Family‘s Australian episode.
Sydney is abuzz with the arrival of the Modern Family cast for their two-week filming stint, but Kyle Sandilands claims he turned down the chance to appear in the one-off Australian episode because he couldn’t be “arsed”.
Speaking on The Kyle and Jackie O Show this morning, the Kiis FM host said being asked was “very, very flattering” but he added, “at the end of the day, I’m just too lazy to do that sort of stuff”.
Network Ten has been contacted for confirmation about the claims.
Modern Family (L-R) creator Steve Levitan, and actors Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet. Photo: Getty Images
Sandilands told Jackie O that producers had approached him to do a reading for a character which he says was a major player in the episode.
“It’s not just like I walk up and say ‘Oh, can I have a milkshake please’. It’s multiple locations, it’s a main part,” he said.
“I’m not allowed to explain anything to do with the script or anything to do with the storyline – I wouldn’t do that to them – but pretty much I just thought this is multiple days of filming and I just couldn’t be arsed so I just never bothered to show up.”
A horrified Jackie O exclaimed “What did you do”, and questioned why he would turn down the opportunity to appear on one of TV’s biggest shows, but Sandilands maintained it had no appeal.
“If it was Brad Pitt and Angelina ringing me up I probably wouldn’t have gone as well,” he says. Stars of the show have been arriving at Sydney Airport, beginning with yesterday’s arrival Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cameron Tucker.
The entire cast will film in Australia over the next two weeks for an episode which will get about 25 million viewers worldwide when it first airs.
Details remain scarce about the Australian special but Nolan Gould, who plays Luke Dunphy, has said his TV dad Phil, played by Ty Burrell, will suffer an allergic reaction to Vegemite and get attacked by a kangaroo.
Producers are rumoured to be auditioning local Aboriginal actors for the episode.
Confirmed locations include Bondi Beach, the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb and the Great Barrier Reef.