Richard Wilkins comforted by Karl Stefanovic as he bursts into tears over Olivia Newton-John’s death

Richard Wilkins is comforted by Karl Stefanovic as he bursts into tears live on air while discussing the death of long-time friend and actress Olivia Newton-John

Richard Wilkins broke down on the Today show on Tuesday as he spoke about the death of Australian icon Olivia Newton-John.

The entertainment presenter, 68, burst into tears as a past interview was aired of Wilkins speaking with Olivia.

Karl Stefanovic left his seat on the panel to comfort his colleague who wiped his eyes. 

‘I didn’t want to do this,’ Wilkins wept.

‘It’s alright, it’s alright,’ Karl said while hugging the presenter.

Wilkins was close to tears earlier in the show when he delivered the news about Olivia’s death.  

‘Dickie, I’m so sorry for your loss,’ Karl said to his colleague early on the show.

‘It’s our loss,’ Dickie replied. ‘The world has lost a beautiful human being today.’

He then went on to open up about the devastating early morning phone call he received.

‘I was just sort of numb,’ he said to Karl and Ally.

‘You know, all the dates and facts and figures and things just disappear and I just felt completely, just completely numb. I didn’t really know what to think.’

More to come. 

Richard Wilkins broke down on the Today Show in an emotional tribute to longtime friend Olivia Newton-John

Richard Wilkins broke down on the Today Show in an emotional tribute to longtime friend Olivia Newton-John

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