Karl Stefanovic vanishes from the Today show after the Queen’s funeral

Karl Stefanovic vanishes from the Today show after marathon coverage of the Queen’s funeral – as co-host Allison Langdon explains his absence

Allison Langdon anchored the Today show solo on Wednesday after her co-host Karl Stefanovic jetted back to Sydney following the Queen’s funeral.

She began her live broadcast from Buckingham Palace at 8:30pm Tuesday (GMT) without Stefanovic by her side, and acknowledged his absence about an hour later.

Referencing the unusually quiet scenes at the palace in London, Langdon explained that Stefanovic was on a flight to Australia.

Allison Langdon (pictured) anchored the Today show solo on Wednesday after her co-host Karl Stefanovic jetted back to Sydney following the Queen's funeral

Allison Langdon (pictured) anchored the Today show solo on Wednesday after her co-host Karl Stefanovic jetted back to Sydney following the Queen’s funeral

The 43-year-old smiled as she told Sarah Abo and Alex Cullen how ‘calm’ things were at Buckingham Palace without her rowdy co-host around.

‘Thank you, guys. It is so calm and peaceful here,’ she said.

‘I can’t work out if that’s because the crowds [from the Queen’s funeral] are all gone, or just that Karl’s on a plane on his way home!’

The 43-year-old smiled as she told Sarah Abo (right) and Alex Cullen (left) how 'calm' things were at Buckingham Palace without her rowdy co-host around

The 43-year-old smiled as she told Sarah Abo (right) and Alex Cullen (left) how ‘calm’ things were at Buckingham Palace without her rowdy co-host around

Stefanovic had arrived in London on September 13 to cover the death of the Queen. Langdon was on the ground a day earlier, hosting Today alongside Charles Croucher.

Nine may be staggering its presenters’ flights back to Australia so its flagship news programs, such as the Today show, aren’t without both main hosts.

It’s likely Langdon and other network stars, like Peter Overton and Tracy Grimshaw, will return to Australia by the end of the week.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel Nine for comment. 

Channel Nine may be staggering its presenters' flights back to Australia so its flagship news programs, such as the Today show, aren't without both main hosts. (Stefanovic and Langdon are pictured with The Daily Mirror's royal editor Russell Myers on Tuesday's show)

Channel Nine may be staggering its presenters’ flights back to Australia so its flagship news programs, such as the Today show, aren’t without both main hosts. (Stefanovic and Langdon are pictured with The Daily Mirror’s royal editor Russell Myers on Tuesday’s show)

All the major Australian television networks devoted enormous resources to covering the death and funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

Nine, Seven, Ten and the ABC all sent over talent and production staff for the historic occasion, in addition to redeploying their European correspondents to London.

Langdon has certainly put in the hours while covering the Queen’s funeral.

Langdon made international headlines this week for nodding off on set during a break from reporting on Her Majesty's funeral, after broadcasting for 14 hours from Buckingham Palace

Langdon made international headlines this week for nodding off on set during a break from reporting on Her Majesty’s funeral, after broadcasting for 14 hours from Buckingham Palace 

She made international headlines this week for nodding off on set during a break from reporting on Her Majesty’s funeral.

After broadcasting for 14 hours from Buckingham Palace, an exhausted Langdon rolled up a jacket to use as a pillow and took a nap on the lap of senior producer Will Hutchinson, who snapped a photo for Instagram.

Langdon reposted the photo to her own Instagram Stories on Tuesday, alongside the caption: ‘Hour 14. Everything is fine.’ 

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