Karl Stefanovic can be set to return to the Today show a shock a year after he was sensationally dumped from the Channel Nine breakfast program.
Nine chief executive Hugh Marks wants to bring the presenter back to Today next year in an effort to stop the ever-sliding ratings of the show, according to Media diary.
The 45-year-old was kicked out of the program on December 19, 2018, after having served on the program for more than 14 years.
Stefanovic – who is said to be willing to take a pay cut for the role – is likely to shine alongside 60-minute reporter Allison Langdon as part of a completely new team.
Nine CEO Hugh Marks reportedly wants to bring Karl Stefanovic (photo) back to the Today show
Stefanovic (right) – who is said to receive a pay cut for the role – probably plays with 60 minutes reporter Allison Langdon (left) for the new line-up
The report comes after it was revealed. Today, Extra host Sonia Kruger was preparing to jump from nine to seven after the & # 39; more than $ 1 million a year & # 39; was offered.
Stefanovic and Langdon can replace the current Today duo Georgie Gardner and Deb Knight, who struggled with viewers all year round.
The reviews of the show with Gardner and Knight at the helm hovered among 200,000 viewers and reached a low of 155,000 in the five capitals last Friday.
Last Wednesday, TV tonight revealed that the program managed to secure only 163,000 viewers, considerably less than 277,000 from rival Sunrise.
In April, Today was even defeated by Seven & # 39; s second-rank offer, The Morning Show, which was broadcast from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM.
Stefanovic has just over a year left for his multi-million dollar Nine contract, but allegedly would be asked to earn less if he went back to Today.
If Stefanovic refuses, the performance could be offered to Weekend Today co-host David Campbell or 2 Ford Radio & Ford 39, according to the Australian.
Stefanvoic would then see the rest of his time with the network as a 60-minute presenter.
Stefanovic and Langdon can replace the current Today show duo Georgie Gardner (right) and Deb Knight (center), who struggled with viewers all year round
Stefanovic (departed from Georgie Gardener) was kicked out of the show on December 19, 2018, after having served on the program for more than 14 years
He organized This Time Next Year transformation show in 2019, which Nine has since confirmed to be adjusted.
Karl spoke with Nova FM & # 39; s Fitzy & Wippa on Friday and confessed that he got back his old job.
& # 39; I keep trying to tell Channel Nine that I am the lucky charm & # 39 ;, he said.
& # 39; If they want to fill me up and send me in, I'm ready to go in and we'll win. & # 39;
Rumors swirled Stefanovic was fired from the Today show on the back of a viewing dive that came at a time when his personal life was being widely published.
Stefanovic is depicted with wife Jasmine Yarbrough, whom he married the same month of his resignation
If Stefanovic refuses, the performance can be offered to Weekend Today co-host David Campbell (left with Sonia Kruger) or 2 GB Radio's Ben Fordham (right)
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.
A few months after the split, he started dating Jasmine Yarbrough, a former 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; Thanks to our viewers, you are what matters. It was a hard time. Thank you for hanging around there. & # 39;
The report comes after it was revealed. Today, Extra host Sonia Kruger (photo) was preparing to jump from nine to seven after the & # 39; more than $ 1 million a year & # 39; was offered
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