Karl Stefanovic appears to take a thinly veiled swipe at former co-anchor Lisa Wilkinson as he declares the Today show’s team has ‘never been better’
The Today show celebrates its 40th anniversary on on-air this week and host Karl Stefanovic has wasted no time looking back.
And the breakfast show host appeared to take a thinly veiled swipe at his former co-host Lisa Wilkinson in a telling interview with 9Honey this week.
The 47-year-old star said the current Today team, including current co-host Allison Langdon was ‘the best ever’ with ‘everyone being great mates off camera.’
Channel Nine’s Today celebrates its 40th anniversary on-air this week and co-host Karl Stefanovic has wasted no time looking back as he calls the current team ‘the best ever’ Picture: Karl Stefanovic and co-host Alison Langdon as seen on Today
After making the not-too-subtle dig at Wilkinson, who he co-hosted the Today show with for ten years until 2017, Stefanovic made a stab at diplomacy.
‘That’s no slight on the previous teams,’ he said.
‘It’s (just) been a really wonderful couple of years for us, even though we’ve gone through real extremes in what has been happening in the world.’
Stefanovic has been on Today since 2005 when took over co-hosting chores from Steve Leibmann. After he was sacked by Nine the end of 2018, he returned in 2020.
Stefanovic was full of affection for his Today teammates, including co-host Ally, entertainment reporter Brooke Boney and weatherman Tim Davies.
Karl Stefanovic snubbed his former co-host Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) in a recent interview when he was asked to look back on his many years working on the show
Wilkinson and Stefanovic appeared to be on friendly terms when they attended an event announcing the Logie nominees on the Gold Coast in May
He said the challenging time of COVID restrictions brought the current team closer together.
‘There was a lot of cabin-fever stuff going on,’ he said.
‘But if you can get through that, I think it was symptomatic of what was going on out there in viewer land. For us to have gotten through that without killing each other is testament to how we all get on.’
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph at the time, Wilkinson said: ‘It was lovely to see Karl, and a reminder to both of us of the many great years we spent together’
Tensions between Stefanovic and Wilkinson was stoked at last month’s Logie Awards.
The breakfast TV colleagues-turned-rivals had to be seated far apart from one another during industry night-of-nights, reports The Australian.
‘Care was taken with the seating arrangements to ensure Wilkinson was given plenty of distance from Stefanovic,’ according to the newspaper’s Media Diary.
Tensions escalated between the pair late last year when Wilkinson released her memoir, It Wasn’t Meant to Be Like This Picture: Karl Stefanovic at the Logies in June
The rift escalated between the pair late last year when Wilkinson released her memoir, It Wasn’t Meant to Be Like This.
She claims her co-host played rival networks Nine and Seven off against each other in order to secure a better deal for himself, while she was left in the dust.
Stefanovic was soon at the centre of a bidding war between Nine and Seven that resulted in him re-signing a five-year deal with Nine worth at least $2million per year.
Wilkinson’s deal was worth significantly less, about $780,000 a year, and was only for two years. She was reportedly pushed out the door by Nine executives in 2017.
Lisa Wilkinson blasted Stefanovic in a chapter in her recent memoir