Kyle Sandilands calls for Karl Stefanovic as next Today host

Holly Hales
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Kyle Sandilands has defended his friend Karl Stefanovic's role on the Today show. Photo: KIIS101.1

Kyle Sandilands has called for longtime pal Karl Stefanovic to be reinstated as the Today show host, less than 12 months after his shock sacking from the breakfast program.

The admission comes after the radio star has survived a string of his own controversies including copping serious backlash over comments he made regarding religious figure, the Virgin Mary.

But now, Kyle has offered some advice in his embattled friend’s favour while simultaneously throwing shade at the struggling show’s current presenters.

Kyle’s hot take

“If I was running Channel Nine I would immediately add Karl to Georgie [Gardner] and Deb [Knight],” he told news.com.au.

“I think Georgie and Deb are great, but they’ve got all these try-hard dudes in there … if they put Karl back in there as the main host with those two female co-anchors, that thing would kick a**e, everyone knows it!”

Kyle went on to also called out Channel Nine executives’ apparent opinions towards Karl potentially returning to the role he held 14 years.

“It’s as if they [Nine bosses] won’t do it because they’ll look stupid,” he continued. “But you don’t need to be a great programmer to realise that if you put Karl back, everything is fixed.

“F**k knows why it’s not done. It should be done right now.”

Karl hosted Today for his final year alongside current anchor Georgie Gardner. Photo: Channel Nine

Despite his direct delivery, Kyle’s analysis may not be too far off the mark give Today’s year in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

Today’s tumultuous year

Last month, the program reached a year-long ratings plateau on September 23 when the day’s episode attracted just 169,000 metro viewers, far short of its Channel 7 rival, Sunrise.

Weeks earlier co-host George Gardner was reportedly pulled into a “tense private meeting” with the TV network’s management for a ‘closed door chat’.

According to The Daily Telegraph sources the sit down was to “identify a number of items on Gardner’s personal list of grievances that she has been agitating for Nine management to address”.

Today’s new look casting switch-up earlier this year saw Tom Steinfort take over from Sylvia Jeffreys as newsreader, while Deb Knight stepped into Karl’s hosting shoes and Brooke Boney joined as entertainment reporter.

Meanwhile, Karl’s other hosting gig, This Time Next Year was axed earlier this month, leaving the veteran journalist—who’s rumoured to earn $2 million a year—without a permanent role at the network.

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