Today show host Georgie Gardner breaks silence on rumoured rift with Karl Stefanovic

 newidea.com.au  01/12/2019 23:12:48 

Today show host Georgie Gardner has rubbished rumours of a rift between her and Karl Stefanovic.

The 48-year-old has revealed that she has been in contact with Karl following his axing from the show in December.

'He and I have chatted extensively and there certainly never has been bad blood, despite what has been written, and there certainly isn't now,' she told the Sunday Telegraph.

'He and I know each other very well. I have a lot of love for him and we have a very solid friendship and respect and I am excited for him in terms of the next chapter of his personal and professional life,' she revealed to The Daily Telegraph this weekend.

Fans were sent into a tailspin following the announcement that Deborah Knight is set to replace Karl Stefanovic on Today, making history by turning the program into a female-run programme.

Nine’s new director for morning TV, Steven Burling has spoken out about why Deborah was the perfect person for the job – and it has nothing to do with gender or ‘making a statement.’

'We didn't think it was a statement, we didn't think it was time to have a female duo hosting Today,'  Burling told The Sydney Morning Herald, before explaining that simply, Deborah and Georgie Gardner make an excellent team.

'The rationale for us for two female hosts is simply having the two most capable people at the desk as part of our core team.

'It was about having our dream team who we wanted sitting there.'

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