Karl Stefanovic shared his joy on his return to the Today Show, and admitted that he didn't think he could go back after his shock ax last year.
& # 39; I thought my time was up, & # 39; he said in a statement from Nine on Saturday.
But after gloomy assessments throughout the year among substitute hosts Deb Knight and Georgie Gardner, executives had to swallow their pride and go back to the man they ousted at the end of 2018.
Both Stefanovic and his new co-host Allison Langdon assured the viewers that the new show will not be boring & # 39; – in what seems to be a subtle excavation with the Gardner and Knight product that was stripped of much of the verve and spontaneity that previously made Today a hit.
Darren Wick, the news director of Nine, admitted that the completely female presentation team was a mistake, as shown by reviews that had led to a low point.
& # 39; We have made a brave decision to try something new with two women who are organizing the Today Show this year, and unfortunately that has not worked for the public & # 39 ;, he said.
The sensational dumping of Stefanovic came just days after his exuberant Mexican wedding with Jasmine Yarbrough, 35.
Karl Stefanovic (right) returns to host the Today show in 2020, alongside Weekend Today host Allison Langdon (left), Nine has confirmed
Stefanovic and Langdon will replace Georgie Gardner (right) and Deb Knight (left) after struggling with ratings during the year
He was able to continue hosting his show, this time next year, until October, when it was played, and worked 60 minutes with the current affairs show.
The 45-year-old said he loved his time with the 60 Minutes team & # 39; but missed the use of his skills for a live show format.
& # 39; It is a big job with enormous pressure and I know all too well some of those pitfalls, but it is also without doubt the best live job in Australia & # 39 ;, he said.
& # 39; The show (Today) and the audience make me feel alive. I am ready for the fight and I want to fight for our audience, & he said.
Unwilling to immediately criticize his predecessors, he told the Sydney Morning Herald Knight and Gardner & # 39; have experienced an extremely difficult time with external forces, and I know better than anyone & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I know what great journalists they are and how hard they work, and I admire both of them, & # 39; he said.
Stefanovic also praised his co-host, Langdon.
"Ally is her own confident, capable wife and I will be there to help her every step of the way, but we are right in this fight and I am confident in our cooperation," he said.
& # 39; We are both good journalists, we both love to laugh and it won't be boring. & # 39;
Stefanovic was originally expelled from the program on December 19 last year after 14 years with the program
The sensational dumping of Stefanovic only came a few days after his exuberant Mexican wedding with Jasmine Yarbrough (right), 35
Langdon said that there is & # 39; a lot of hard work to be done & # 39; but agreed that the show & # 39; would not be boring & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I love the unpredictability of live TV … and Karl. Wind it up and let it go! & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I'm sure we will hit heads, but we do it with a smile on our face. I just want to help our viewers start their day well, nice. & # 39;
But while having fun, there will be a constant focus on rebuilding what was once the nation's best breakfast show.
He told the Messenger that he and Langdon would fight hard & # 39; to win back their viewers.
& # 39; My personal life is very quiet now, we are happy. my work focuses solely on our stories and the way we tell them & he said.
Mr. Wick said that everyone involved would stay within the network and that the complete line-up for the updated Today Show had not yet been established.
Gardener returns to Nine News, with a television source that tells Daily Mail Australia: & # 39; Georgie is an excellent newsreader and reporter and fits much better into the Nine Newsroom. & # 39;
Stefanovic (second from left) is depicted with Sylvia Jeffreys (left), Lisa Wilkinson (second from right) and Richard Wilkins (right)
Gardner (right) is expected to return to Nine News in the middle of Today's show show
Gardner and Knight are struggling to compete with Seven & # 39; s Sunrise, with today's ratings reaching a low of 155,000 last Friday. This was almost half of Sunrise's 277,000.
For comparison: today ratings show around 300,000 in 2016 and 2017 when Stefanovic hosted Lisa Wilkinson.
The insider said that Karl and Allison & # 39; great journalists & # 39; are who & # 39; form a great team & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Karl has had a year off to charge and get his mojo back and Allison has improved her skills as a morning show host on Weekend Today & # 39 ;, the source said.
& # 39; Both have great 60-minute reporting experiences, nine news items and today – so they're a great team. & # 39;
The source said that the next month Nine will try to decide who else will see on Today and Today Extra, as well as finding a replacement for Sonia Kruger, who is moving to Channel 7.
Karl Stefanovic (photo) returns to the Today show in 2020, with Allison Langdon
Allison Langdon (photo) currently hosts Weekend Today and reports for 60 minutes
& # 39; Deb Knight is a strong journal that undoubtedly qualifies for an expanded role with Nine News and perhaps even with Nine & # 39; s radio assets & # 39 ;, the source said.
& # 39; Expect Tracy Vo, Tim Davies, and Sylvia Jeffreys to rotate in the coming month through Today and Today Extra as Nine News management finds out who the right people are to sit next to Karl and Allison. & # 39;
The insider believes that Stefanovic and Langdon are the perfect recipe to challenge & # 39; Sunrise again & # 39 ;.
Stefanovic was fired from the Today show on the back of a review dive that came at a time when his personal life received a lot of publicity.
The start of the program's downward spiral can be traced back to September 2016, when it turned out that Karl had divorced himself from his wife and the mother of his three children, Cassandra Thorburn.
Gardner and Knight are struggling to compete with Seven & # 39; s Sunrise, with today's ratings reaching a low of 155,000 last Friday. This was almost half of Sunrise's 277,000
A few months after the split, he started dating Jasmine Yarbrough, former model designer and shoe designer, who is ten years younger.
The couple married during a lavish four-day wedding in Mexico in the month of his ax.
Stefanovic made a statement at the time of his resignation, in which he & # 39; best show & # 39; praised on TV.
& # 39; For the past 14 years I have co-organized the best show on television & # 39 ;, he said at the time.
& # 39; I can't thank Nine enough for the opportunity. I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would be good enough to host this great show for so long.
& # 39; You are the most important thanks to our viewers. It was a hard time. Thank you for staying with it. & # 39;
THE RELEASE AND AUTUMN OF KARL STEFANOVIC
1994: After obtaining a journalism degree, Karl starts working for WIN in Rockhampton and Cairns as a cadet reporter
2000: Karl Stefanovic joins Channel Nine as a reporter in Brisbane
2005: He replaces Steve Liebmann as host of the Today show
2011: His career at Channel Nine peaks when he wins the coveted Gold Logie
2008 – 2012: Karl is the host of Carols By Candlelight with Lisa Wilkinson
2015: In October, his & # 39; serious & # 39; flops panel show The Verdict in the ratings
End of 2015: Karl signs multi-million dollar deal with Nine after offering from Seven
2016: Karl apologizes for the use of a transgender mummy. Later his popularity drops when he breaks up with wife Cassandra Thorburn
End of 2016: Begins with Jasmine Yarbrough, months after leaving his marriage
February 2017: He is shown canoodling with Jasmine on a boat, accelerating his dip in popularity
End of 2017: Karl & # 39; s brand is hit again when Lisa Wilkinson stops today in a scandal among the pay gaps
March 2018: Karl and Peter are caught complaining about Channel Nine in the Ubergate scandal
September 2018: Nine CEO Hugh Mark publicly criticizes Karl's performance
December 8, 2018: Karl marries Jasmine Yarbrough in Mexico
December 19, 2018: He is fired from the Today show, but stays with Nine
2019: Karl organizes This Time Next Year on Nine. The show is played in October
End of 2019: Rumors continue to swirl Karl could return to the Today show
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