Karl Stefanovic is gone, axed from the At this time present after what he himself conceded in a press release at present had been a “powerful time.”
“Due to our viewers principally, you’re what issues most. It’s been a tricky time. Thanks for hanging in there. I sit up for seeing you in one other capability at this nice Community quickly,” Stefanovic stated in a press release this afternoon after his departure from At this time was introduced.
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It caps off a weird 12 months for the Channel 9 star. It was one wherein even the few highs — his current wedding ceremony to second spouse Jasmine Yarborough — have been adopted by startling new lows — public assaults from ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn and now, shedding his job on his honeymoon.
In March, particulars of an embarrassing telephone name between Stefanovic and his brother Peter have been leaked to New Thought.
Throughout the 45-minute dialog dubbed “Ubergate”, the brothers attacked 9 colleagues Richard Wilkins, Georgie Gardner, Mark Burrows and community bosses.
Karl — who reportedly earns $2 million a 12 months — vented his frustration about new co-host Gardner, who he accused of “sitting on the fence” and never having sufficient opinions. Karl grew to become indignant and declared she wanted to “step up” if she “needed to remain on the present”.
Regardless of Stefanovic issuing a public apology, there have been weeks of on-air rigidity between he and Gardner after the telephone name’s particulars have been revealed.
Earlier this month At this time’s govt producer Mark Calvert stepped down from the function after a horror 12 months of rankings and “rigidity” with Stefanovic.
In an e mail to workers, 9 information director Darren Wick confirmed Calvert would depart the embattled breakfast program after 5 years on the helm.
“From private expertise, I do know there is no such thing as a tougher function in information and present affairs than the day by day breakfast battle between At this time and Dawn. It’s a nationwide rankings race the place viewers loyalty fluctuates from metropolis to metropolis, and infrequently suburb to suburb,” Mr Wick wrote.
The At this time present was convincingly crushed within the rankings this 12 months by Channel 7’s Dawn.
Dawn averaged 454,000 nationwide viewers in comparison with At this time’s 347,000.
HELL HATH NO FURY
All year long, one determine in Karl’s life has been ever-present within the headlines: ex-wife and mom to his three kids Cassandra Thorburn, whose frequent public assaults have taken a toll on his public picture.
When she hasn’t been bemoaning the media curiosity in her private life and insisting she’s “not a narrative,” Thorburn’s been giving eye-watering tell-all interviews about her ex.
In October 2017 she informed Lady’s Day journal her ex-husband was “useless” to her.
“The kids nonetheless have a father however I don’t have a husband. He actually is useless to me and no, we gained’t ever be mates once more,” she stated.
In August 2018 she spoke to The Australian Lady’s Weekly, revealing her and Stefanovic’s kids “really feel like we’re useless to his household and virtually anybody from our previous life”.
“I really feel like we’ve been discarded and disposed of, changed by an entire new line-up of starters,” she stated.
Then there was her September 2018 look on Studio 10, wherein she revealed she had gone by means of her ex’s telephone. “Oh, there’s a LOT of stuff you discover in them. Too dangerous I didn’t do it earlier,” Thorburn stated, to gasps from the panel.
Maybe her most surprising assault was her most up-to-date: In an interview with New Thought this month, she labelled her ex a “faux” and claimed he had “rather a lot to cover”.
“He’s thrown three weddings for goodness sake. Who wants three weddings in a 12 months, give us a break,” Thorburn stated, referencing Stefanovic and Yarbrough’s non-binding dedication ceremony in March and their extensively reported — however unconfirmed — authorized marriage previous to leaving for Mexico.
“Three weddings and a funeral. We had a funeral and it was my dad’s.”
SHOCK MAG DEAL
Thorburn had some extent — Stefanovic’s wedding ceremony, to clothier Jasmine Yarbrough, 10 years his junior, couldn’t have been extra lavish.
Held throughout 4 days in unique San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, each inch of the occasion was out there for public consumption because of a nine-page unfold in Who journal, whose editor attended the marriage as a visitor.
The magazine deal raised eyebrows — simply 10 months earlier, Stefanovic had publicly insisted that “there is no such thing as a media deal. Don’t imagine every thing you learn.”
Much more shocking — the actual fact Stefanovic had chosen Who for the unique, given the title is owned by Pacific Magazines, a part of 9 rival Seven West Media’s secure. His alternative handy the story to 9’s direct rival is known to have added to his woes along with his employers.
Peter Stefanovic had reportedly insisted again in that fateful Uber telephone name that he “hated his job” and would typically specific his frustrations to spouse and colleague Sylvia Jeffreys, claimed the motive force.
Peter stated he was sad his concepts have been all the time rejected and that it was “sucking the life out of him”.
Maybe it shouldn’t have come as a lot of a shock, then, that Peter yesterday left the community after 15 years.
He had departed to “discover new alternatives”, a press release from the community learn, after experiences he was set to be dropped from his Weekend At this time internet hosting function.
“9 and reporter Peter Stefanovic have mutually determined to half methods after 15 years,” a spokesman informed information.com.au.
In a press release, Peter stated he had “an incredible time at 9 being a overseas correspondent, information reporter and overlaying some wonderful tales for 60 Minutes” — however surprisingly didn’t point out his newest gig on Weekend At this time.
“I’ll miss my mates at 9 very a lot, it has been an enormous privilege to work alongside so many nice folks,” he added.
AXED ON HIS HONEYMOON
Karl was all smiles as he stepped out within the upscale ski resort city of Aspen on Sunday along with his new spouse and billionaire greatest mate James Packer. However the writing was on the wall.
“9 and Karl Stefanovic have agreed it’s time for him to step off the At this time present,” 9’s Director of Information and Present Affairs Darren Wick stated in at present’s assertion.
“Karl stays on contract with the community and can proceed to host This Time Subsequent Yr, which information in February.
“For over 14 years Karl has been on the centre of the At this time present bringing his distinctive character and perspective to the day’s information and present affairs.
“An announcement on the brand new line up and format of the At this time present will likely be made within the coming weeks.”