Will he return to Today? Karl Stefanovic is called in for meetings at Nine and gets a kiss from Jasmine Yarbrough… while hosts of rival Sunrise quaff champs at a fancy lunch
With the Today show continuing to stagnate with embarrassingly low ratings, reports have suggested that former host Karl Stefanovic is in talks to return to the program.
And on Friday, the 44-year-old was pictured getting a kiss from wife Jasmine, before heading to a meeting at the network’s Sydney offices.
Meanwhile on the other side of town, hosts of rival program Sunrise, Samantha Armytage and David ‘Kochie’ Koch, quaffed beverages at a fancy lunch.
Will he return to Today? Karl Stefanovic, 44, was called in for a meeting at Nine’s Sydney offices on Friday, amid reports he’s in secret talks to return to the breakfast TV program
Karl looked carefree and confident in a casual ensemble as he strode into Nine’s Willoughby headquarters.
The father-of-two wore a white shirt with several buttons undone, a beige linen suit jacket, black skinny leg jeans and R.M. Williams boots.
Karl concealed his gaze behind tinted sunglasses and could not wipe the smile off his face.
Casual: The journalist cut a casual figure in a white dress shirt, a beige linen suit jacket, black skinny leg jeans and R.M. Williams boots
Grinning: Karl concealed his gaze behind aviator sunglasses and could not wipe the smile off his face
For good luck? Just moments prior, Karl received a kiss from wife Jasmine, 34, in the couple’s white Range Rover
Just moments before, the journalist received a kiss, perhaps for good luck, from wife Jasmine in the couple’s white Range Rover.
Jasmine, 34, cut an effortlessly stylish figure in a beige roll-neck sweater and trendy sunglasses, and swept her blonde locks into a topknot.
Back in June, Woman’s Day magazine alleged that Karl could return as co-host of the Today show.
‘Of course Nine are denying it, but it’s 100 per cent correct that they are actively chasing Karl to come back – everyone at the network knows Today needs the TV version of open-heart surgery to even survive,’ a ‘source’ told the publication.
Eventful month: Karl was axed from the Today show in December last year, the same month in which he wed the shoe designer
Low-key style: Jasmine covered her slender figure in a beige roll-neck sweater and jeans, swept her blonde locks into a topknot and concealed her gaze behind trendy sunglasses
Disastrous ratings: Back in June, Woman’s Day magazine alleged that Karl could return as co-host of the Today show in a boost to fix the show’s disastrous ratings
The source added that Karl’s return to the ailing Today show is conditional on his ‘admitting defeat’ and to ‘publicly acknowledge he had to leave because of personal issues’.
A representative for Karl, however, denied the claims, telling Daily Mail Australia at the time: ‘There’s no truth to this rumour whatsoever. Karl is not returning to Today, nor are there any talks taking place – secret, or otherwise – to that effect.’
There is no denying, however, that the network is desperate to resuscitate the Today show, as it continues to flail in the ratings.
Top of the crops: Meanwhile, on the other side of town on Friday, rival program Sunrise were celebrating their position as most popular breakfast TV program
Looking good! Host Samantha Armytage, 42, showed off her recent weight loss as she headed to the Pacific Club in Bondi
Chic: The blonde beauty sported a grey cashmere sweater, tucked into chic black trousers
Beauty: Samantha styled her blonde locks to perfection and opted for an elegant makeup palette
The one-time leading morning program has struggled since launching its all female lineup in January.
Meanwhile, rival program Sunrise is maintaining the top spot in the breakfast TV rating wars.
And Seven hosts Samantha and ‘Kochie were very much in a celebratory mood, at a fancy lunch at Bondi’s Pacific Club on Friday.
Cheers! The Seven star toasted with co-host David ‘Kochie’ Koch, 63
Thirsty work: Kochie wore a green dress shirt, a black suit jacket and trousers, and sipped on a glass of wine
Familiar faces: Also in attendance was Sunrise’s Sam Mac [left] and Mark Beretta [right]
Samantha, 42, showed off her recent weight loss in a grey cashmere sweater, tucked into chic navy trousers.
Her blonde locks were styled to perfection, framing an elegant makeup palette, and she sipped on an alcoholic beverage while engaging in conversation with Kochie.
Kochie, 63, shared a laugh with his co-host and was smartly dressed in a green shirt, a black suit jacket and trousers.
Also joining in on the celebrations were Sunrise colleagues Sam Mac and Mark Beretta.
Equipped: Sam wore a navy dress shirt and retro-frame sunglasses, and carried a M.J. Bale garment bag
Working up an appetite: The TV stars enjoyed a lavish antipasto platter at Sydney’s beachside suburb
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