On Sunday it was announced that Deborah Knight would replace Karl Stefanovic on the Today show.
Knight, a well-respected journalist, will be co-hosting the popular breakfast TV show with Georgie Gardner in 2019.
The move signaled a new era in morning TV, as it’s the first time a major commercial television show will be lead by two women.
However, it seems Knight may not have been Channel Nine’s first choice for the role.
According to Shannon Molloy at News.com.au, the network executives actually had someone else in mind for the role.
“Brenton Ragless was meant to get the gig,” a senior television source told the journalist. “But he knocked it back for family reasons so Nine had to go back to the drawing board.”
Ragless, who is Channel Nine’s Adelaide newsreader, was originally tipped to be Stefanovic’s replacement.
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