Georgie Gardner has been officially announced as Lisa Wilkinson’s replacement on The Today Show.
On Thursday morning’s program, Gardner said it’s an “honour” to be back, three years after leaving her helm as the show’s newsreader.
“It’s an enormous privilege. The response from [my family] was hilarious. Bronte my 12-year-old said straightaway, ‘Great mum. You’ll have to brush up on social media. You might get more followers.’ And [it was a] standard response from 10-year-old Gus: ‘Great… You’ll be so tired you won’t have to cook dinner and get take away.'”
After presenting the news on Today from 2007 to 2014, Gardner stepped away from the program to spend more time with her children, Bronte, 12, and Angus, 10, and husband Tim.
Now making a comeback, the 46-year-old said there is “no bigger, better gig in Australian TV”, but added she is “acutely” aware of how much “love and respect there has been for Lisa”.
Gardner gave thanks to fellow presenter Deb Knight, who has been filling the role for the last few weeks in the aftermath of Wilkinson’s sudden departure last month.
“You have slipped into this chair with such poise, such professionalism. It can’t have been easy at the time. You are an absolute class act. It’s rare in this game to call someone a colleague and a friend. You are that.”