After a mere 11 months, Channel Nine’s breakfast show Today is set for another major shake-up.
In December 2018, the Australian network announced that Karl Stefanovic would be “stepping off” the morning show after 13 years.
The news came following a series of controversies, including the 45-year-old’s very public divorce from his wife Cassandra Thorburn, which was followed by an equally controversial new relationship with his now-wife, Jasmine Yarbrough.
Watch Karl Stefanovic say goodbye to the Today show below. Post continues after video.
Now, almost a year later, Stefanovic is set to return to the program in early 2020 – and yes, he’s just as shocked as you are.
“It’s not something that I thought would come up again. I thought my time was up, but then, when I was sounded out about it, it got me thinking,” he said in an exclusive interview with The Sydney Morning Herald.
“It’s a big job with enormous pressures and I know only too well some of those pitfalls, but it is also without question the best live TV job in Australia.”
Following the announcement, Georgie Gardner – who had been hosting the show alongside Deb Knight since Stefanovic’s departure – didn’t return to the show.
On Monday morning, Gardner’s co-hosts Deb Knight and Tom Steinfort acknowledged her absence, describing her as a “committed” and “passionate” member of the team.
Speaking to The Quicky on Monday morning, Peter Ford – entertainment journalist and regular on Channel Seven’s Morning Show – spoke about the sudden change to the Today show lineup.
Mamamia’s daily news podcast, The Quicky, speak to entertainment journalist Peter Ford about the inner workings of Australian breakfast TV. Post continues after podcast.