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Today's replacement for Karl Stefanovic has finally been announced.

After much speculation and talk of who will replace Karl Stefanovic on the Today panel in 2019, his replacement has finally been announced. And it’s an exciting move forward for the Nine Network.

In a revolutionary new move, co-host Georgie Gardner will be hosting the show along with respected journalist, Deborah Knight.

It is a unique decision being the first time a major commercial television show will be lead completely by women.

Channel Nine’s director of news and current affairs Darren Wick said of Gardner:

“Georgie has established herself as one of the most respected presenters on television. Our viewers adore her. What you see is what you get. Authentic, caring and compassionate.”

He further said Knight is “hands-down one of the best interviewers in the country. An incredibly hard-worker, she cuts to the chase with every conversation.”

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Along with the announcement, the network confirmed Tom Steinfort will be Today‘s newsreader, replacing Sylvia Jeffreys.

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Melbourne sports journalist Tony Jones will also join the new-look team from January 14, replacing Tim Gilbert, and former Triple J newsreader Brooke Boney will make her TV debut as entertainment reporter.

Boney won’t exactly replace veteran Richard Wilkins, however.

Channel Nine said Wilkins will remain part of the Today team, and will pick up two co-hosting days a week on Today Extra alongside Sonia Kruger.

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The new line-up comes after a year of poor ratings, and following the announcement Stefanovic would not be returning to the show he hosted for more than 14 years in 2019.

Nine released a statement at the time that read:

“Nine and Karl Stefanovic have agreed it is time for him to step off the Today show.

“Karl remains on contract with the network and will continue to host (his other show) This Time Next Year, which records in February.

“For over 14 years Karl has been at the centre of the Today Show bringing his unique personality and perspective to the day’s news and current affairs.

“An announcement on the new line up and format of the Today Show will be made in the coming weeks.”

The news came less than 24 hours after Peter Stefanovic announced he would be “exploring new opportunities” and stepping down from his role at Channel Nine.

In a statement, Karl Stefanovic, who was honeymooning in Aspen with his new wife Jasmine Yarbrough at the time, said:

“For the last 14 years I’ve co-hosted the best show on television. I can’t thank Nine enough for the opportunity. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be good enough to host this grand show for so long.

“Thanks to our viewers mostly, you are what matters most. It’s been a tough time. Thanks for hanging in there. I look forward to seeing you in another capacity at this great Network soon.”

Following Stefanovic’s split from Cassandra Thorburn more than two years ago, and the development of his relationship with 34-year-old Yarbrough, Nine saw a significant decline in viewers.

Sources told news.com.au that Stefanovic had long been a “dead man walking”, as the female audience of the breakfast program had turned on him.

We’re excited to see what the new panel will look like and congratulate Knight in her new role.

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