On Monday, when New Idea finally published their report on Uber-gate and exactly what Karl Stefanovic said about his fellow colleagues, much of the news cycle centred on his comments about co-host Georgie Gardner.
“He said she didn’t have enough opinions and he wanted her to step up,” the driver told the magazine. “He actually sounded angry and said he was going to start pushing hard and that she needed to do that if she wanted to stay on the show.”
Now, months-old quotes from Georgie Gardner explain exactly why she’s a “fence-sitter”, as Stefanovic put it.
In an interview with Confidential prior to fronting the panel in January, Gardner told News Corp she was wary social media scrutiny was a huge part of the gig.
“There’s a part of me that feels wary because we live in a time now where there is just so much scrutiny,” she said.
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“We live in this very weird era of clickbait and I just hope I don’t lose my spontaneity.
“I figure we’re all at risk of saying something that we might … regret or feel ‘oh gosh, I wish I didn’t say that’, but I hope that doesn’t override the genuine side of me and my authenticity.”
On Monday’s program, all eyes were on both Stefanovic and Gardner to see how the hosts would handle the controversy ensnaring the show.
Though they did not address the furore specifically, many believed Gardner threw a thinly-veiled jab at Stefanovic during the show.
After Stefanovic joked about how “menacing” sausage dogs were after a segment on them, Gardner said:
“Well, it’s probably about now I should call you pathetic.”
Given that quote in and of itself made headlines, perhaps it’s little surprise Gardner occasionally catches herself before making outlandish, decisive statements.