What could make someone fire Keith Urban from a job in radio?

Plus, Keith explains how his relationship with wife Nicole Kidman takes work... just like any other
Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman
Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman Photo credit Kevin Mazur/Getty Images
By , Audacy

While preparing to kickoff his Las Vegas residency, Country star Keith Urban spoke with Audacy's John & Tammy in San Diego about finally hitting the stage again, getting ready for the big Oscars weekend with his wife, Nicole Kidman, and perhaps most pressing -- why on Earth he was fired from a job in radio!

Listen to the interview below and check out the best of Keith + more on Audacy's Keith Urban Radio.

Urban is about to kick off his Las Vegas residency, finally hitting the stage again this weekend for a string of shows before heading out on an official world tour this summer to support his 2021 album, The Speed Of Now.

Of course, he'll also be jetting back to Los Angeles this weekend for the big Oscars celebrations with his wife, Nicole Kidman, who is nominated in the Best Actress category this year for her role as Lucille Ball in 2021's I Love Lucy biographical drama, Being the Ricardos. "That would be all the stars aligning," he says. "I’m incredibly proud of the work she did."

Keith, married to Nicole since 2006, believes although they are one of the most high-profile couples in Hollywood, they really are not all that different from anyone else trying to get through life with their significant other. “It’s two people, just trying to figure out how to make it work, like any couple’s trying to figure out how to make it work. We’ve all got our circumstances and challenges, whatever they are, we just figure it out a day at a time," he says. Adding, "Everybody figures out what works for them. We’ve figured out what works for us... And that’s why when people ask me for advice, I don’t have any, because you’ve got to work out what works for you two, not for anybody else.”

Lastly, and perhaps most pressing -- Keith told us about his first experience in radio, long before he got his start writing and performing for massive crowds. "I interned at a radio station when I was in high school," he explains. "You could pick anywhere you wanted to work, and I went, 'I'd like to work at a radio station...' I interned a couple of weeks. I got fired, but I had a blast!"

Keith remembers asking the station manager if he could use one of the unused studios to practice his newfound craft, grabbing discarded news articles out of the trash and music to play on his own little, off-air radio show. But once he got started he could see several people "sprinting" toward his window making the "cut it" sign across their throats.

Keith admits, "Apparently, I pressed a button where an actual news report was happening in the next studio, and in the middle of the news report, Waylon [Jennings] went, 'Just the good ol' boys!' Luckily for all of us, Keith didn't last long after that.

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