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"It's absolute garbage": Channel Nine denies reports the new-look Today Show is struggling.

The Today Show is back on air with a brand new look with host, Deborah Knight, officially replacing Karl Stefanovic on the Today desk last week.

In a complete overhaul of the morning show, Sylvia Jeffreys, Richard Wilkins and Tim Gilbert were replaced by new faces Brooke Boney, Tom Steinfort and Tony Jones.

However, according to tabloid reports, the relaunch may have done more harm than good for Today.

This morning, Woman’s Day magazine claimed an insider said “the damage Karl left behind is irreparable”.

“I don’t think anything or anything can save Today. The top dogs at Nine must be tearing their hair out,” a source reportedly said. “It’s not like they can scrap the show altogether. There’s just no obvious replacement.”

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Today show hosts Deborah Knight and Georgie Gardner. Image: Channel Nine.

Magazine New Idea also reported that new co-host Knight is having "second thoughts" about replacing Stefanovic.

"We don't think Deb knew exactly what she was walking into," an anonymous source reportedly told the publication.

"For a lot of people, taking on the gig might be seen as career suicide," they continued.

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"There is too much pressure to save the show, too much pressure to win back viewers."

Take a look at the new Today Show lineup:

Channel Nine have since responded to the reports, telling the Daily Mail that the reports are "absolute garbage".

According to The Daily Telegraph's Sunday Confidential, the show has received a ratings drop since their new line-up debuted.

Last week, Today hosts Knight and Georgia Gardner responded to feedback about their first week together on the program.

"It's be an interesting week. A lot's been said; good, bad and some of it indifferent," Knight said.

"We welcome feedback, it keeps us honest, it keeps us laughing," Gardner added.

"It is a fresh team, it is a new line-up and chance can be hard for some people to get their head around, but for those of you in support, thank you very much, we greatly appreciate it."

Mamamia has reached out to Channel Nine for comment.

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