1. Australia, meet the new female co-host of the TODAY Show. (Supposedly.)
Although it was originally reported she had ruled out making a much-anticipated return to the Today Show, it’s rumoured Georgie Gardner is set to be announced as the network’s newest breakfast TV host.
Gardner, who spent seven years reading the news for TODAY left the show in 2014, citing the brutal hours as her reason for stepping back in the hope she could spend more time with her family.
On Sunday, The Daily Telegraph reported Channel 9 were close to announcing Gardner in the role after what are believed to be hefty pay negotiations.
“She appeals to the right demographic, both men and women like her and she has the news credentials, which is essential,” a source told the Daily Telegraph.
“Georgie is well liked and is perfect.”
On Sunday afternoon, the Daily Mail published photographs of Gardner leaving the house of a man believed to be her lawyer.
The Daily Telegraph also reported Nine’s CEO Hugh Marks was considering giving Wilkinson’s temporary stand-in Deb Knight a substantial pay rise in the wake of her stepping up into the role at the last minute. It does of course mean Marks may now be dolling out more money to his employees post-Wilkinson’s exit than if he’d just matched her demands originally.