It's a foregone conclusion: Nine & # 39; s own newspaper reports that Karl Stefanovic returns to the Today show with Allison Langdon as his host
- Sydney Morning Herald confirmed Karl Stefanovic to return to the Today show
- Nine network papers reported host would return a year after startup
- Stefanovic came into Nine headquarters earlier this week
- Allegedly he takes a pay cut and is co-host with Allison Langdon of 60 Minutes
A newspaper from Nine Entertainment has confirmed that Karl Stefanovic is set to return to the Today's show of the network and appears alongside 60-minute reporter Allison Langdon.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Stefanovic would return almost a year after he started from the struggling breakfast program.
There has been speculation about the 45-year-old's return to the show after seeing Nine Headquarters earlier this week.
Stefanovic was kicked out of the program on December 19 last year after 14 years. The sensational dumping came only a few days after his lavish Mexican wedding with Jasmine Yarbrough, 35.
The marriage, which included a magazine deal with a rival company, is believed to have been the last straw with Nine's management after years of negative press after the end of his marriage to Cassandra Thorburn in 2016.
Stefanovic will reportedly take a huge wage cut of hundreds of thousands of his dollars from his current $ 2 million salary and lead a new team that will replace current hosts Georgie Gardner and Deb Knight.
Stefanovic (right) is said to be implementing a huge pay cut and leading a new team with 60-minute reporter Allison Langdon (left) replacing current hosts Georgie Gardner and Deb Knight
New hosts Georgie Gardner and Deb Knight from the Today show have struggled to compete with Seven & # 39; s Sunrise, with ratings from the Nine show reaching a low of 155,000 last Friday. This was almost half of Sunrise's 277,000
Stefanovic had admitted earlier in the year that he was not at the top of his game and felt insufficient in his role as a host.
& # 39; I struggled towards the end of last year, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; I was cooked … you can't do that show unless you're at the top of your game. & # 39;
Speculation about the return of Stefanovic follows the revelations of Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday that Today Extra host Sonia Kruger will leave the network for Seven after having offered an additional $ 1 million for three years.
New hosts Georgie Gardner and Deb Knight from the Today show have struggled to compete with Seven & # 39; s Sunrise, with ratings from the Nine show 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.
Stefanovic was originally kicked out of the program on December 19 last year, after 14 years with the program – he had just over a year for his lucrative contract
& # 39; Nine have waited a whole year to see signs of improvement, but now that the ratings are softer, they have to act, & # 39; said an anonymous source.
& # 39; The momentum is going in the wrong direction.
& # 39; Nine is doing well in prime time, but all headlines about Today take away the shine of success & # 39 ;, the source said.
Stefanovic would then see the rest of his time with the network as presenter at 60 minutes.
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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