Allison Langdon shuts down Karl Stefanovic’s request to host Carols by Candlelight

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They’ve appeared together on Today for two years now, but it turns out Allison Langdon shut down Karl Stefanovic’s request to host Carols by Candlelight with her this year.

The former 60 Minutes journalist spoke with Woman’s Day about the upcoming Christmas event and explained why Karl won’t be making an appearance.

Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon.
Allison Langdon has explained why she denied Karl Stefanovic’s request to co-host Carols by Candlelight with her this year. Photo: Getty

“I just told him no,” she admitted.

“He was desperate to co-host but David Campbell and I have such amazing singing voices - a real talent that unfortunately Karl lacks!”

Allison went on to say that she’s very excited for a live audience to attend Carols by Candlelight this time around after last year’s lockdown prevented fans from appearing.


“I can't wait to be surrounded by people, particularly the little kids, singing together at the top of our lungs farewelling a year that has been pretty [tough] on a lot of people,” she added.

“I can't wait to celebrate with our families and loved ones, all the things we are grateful for.”

David Campbell and Allison Langdon holding a stack of presents.
Allison said that she and David Campbell have ‘amazing singing voices’ whereas Karl doesn’t. Photo: Instagram/allisonlangdon

This year will be the second time Allison co-hosts Carols by Candlelight after making her debut in 2019 alongside David Campbell.

Karl previously fronted the event between 2008 and 2012 with his former Today co-host Lisa Wilkinson, who went on to host the following four years with David.

The 84th annual event, which takes place at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Christmas Eve, will feature a number of Australian stars belting out fan-favourite Christmas carols and songs.

Tones And I, Dami Im, Casey Donovan, Sheppard, Bonnie Anderson, Isaiah Firebrace, Lucy Durack and Gorgi Coghlan are just a few of the famous faces among this year’s line-up, which also includes performances from the cast of the musicals Hamilton, Moulin Rouge and Frozen.

David Campbell and Allison Langdon in 2019.
David and Allison previously hosted Carols by Candlelight in 2019. Photo: Instagram/carolsbycandlelight_aus

Allison’s comments about Karl come shortly after she opened up in an interview with The Australian Women's Weekly about what it's really like working alongside one of the most divisive names in breakfast TV.

“Half the time I want to hug Karl, half the time I want to slap him,” she told the publication.

“But so far there's never been a moment where I've had to take him aside in an ad break and say: 'You went too far'. If it happens, I'll pull him up.”

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