Karl Stefanovic's unlikely new 'battle' with Julie Bishop

Holly Hales
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Julie Bishop and Karl Stefanovic are engaged in a new 'battle'. Photo: Channel Nine/Getty Images
The pair's battle is an unlikely one. Photo: Channel Nine/Getty Images

As an ex-breakfast show host, and Australia’s former Foreign Minister, Karl Stefanovic and Julie Bishop are an unlikely pairing.

But the duo are set to go head to head in a heated war of words, and it’s all for a good cause.

They’ll be fighting it out at a fundraiser for the Sydney Children’s Hospital, with Karl taking to Instagram to say, “I’m going to smoke her”.

“When (kids) get sick they deserve everything we’ve got,” Karl said, “P.S. in a battle with @juliebishopmp on the night to raise more money”.

The high-profile duo are challenging each other to see who can raise the most money ahead of the hospital’s Gold Dinner, which both are on the committee for.

But it’s not the first time their interactions have caused a stir.

The pair's friendship saw them attend Melbourne's Derby Day with their respective partners in 2017. Photo: Instagram
The pair's friendship saw them attend Melbourne's Derby Day with their respective partners in 2017. Photo: Instagram

Late last year, Julie was one of lucky famous few to score an invite to Karl’s intimate wedding to Jasmine Yarbrough in Mexico.

Thickening the plot of their unlikely alliance was the fact that just months earlier, the duo engaged in a heated on-air exchange in the midst of the Liberal’s leadership spill.

The ex-Today host famously asked the then-politician what it was like “talking to a man on death row” in reference to Malcolm Turnbull, to which she quipped “well, I am talking to you, Karl.”

But this time, things are a little more lighthearted with fans joining in on the friendly rivalry.

“Where do we donate.. so you can beat the Bish?” asked one supportive follower.

Julie also joined on the competition, writing “It’s on @karlstefanovic. Challenge accepted” alongside an appropriately-placed fire emoji. It’s very much on, it seems.

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