It’s been a tumultuous year for Channel Nine’s Today show, with new hosts Georgie Gardner and Deborah Knight taking the reigns at the desk before it was announced they’re set to be replaced by former host Karl Stefanovic at the beginning of next year.
And now it’s been announced that Seven’s former Sunday Night reporter, Alex Cullen, is joining Nine’s morning show.
“[He is] filling in over the summer period while we are short-handed,” a Nine spokesperson told the Daily Mail.
It’s believed Alex’s role will have a sports focus, which isn’t surprising, considering he’s jumped between news and sports reporting for his whole career.
Alex had been a reporter and presenter at Sunday Night since April 2010, before it was announced in October that it was set to be axed.
Before joining Sunday Night, he spent time as a sports anchor for Seven’s 6pm news bulletin working alongside the late Ian Ross and Chris Bath. He was also news reader for the 11.30am and 4.30pm bulletins and regularly sat in the chair for 7’s late night news updates.
He also became the proud father of twins in January and posed the most adorable snap of them to his Instagram page today visiting a drought-stricken farm.
Alex’s appointment on the Today show comes just after it was announced that former host Karl Stefanovic will reclaim his plum role on Channel Nine’s morning TV program in 2020.
In a statement shared with Yahoo Lifestyle, the 45-year-old admitted he never expected to return to what he described as ‘the best live job in Australia’ - despite the ‘enormous pressures’ and ‘pitfalls’.
“Going back to the Today show is not something that I thought would come up again. I thought my time was up but then when I was sounded out about it, it got me thinking. It's a big job with enormous pressures and I know only too well some of those pitfalls, but it is also without question the best live job in Australia,” he said.
Karl added that while he’s ‘loved’ working as a reporter on 60 Minutes, he ‘missed’ his former role in live TV and considered it the ‘best way’ to use his skills.
It was also revealed that Weekend Today’s Allison Langdon will join ‘unpredictable’ Karl as a new co-host next year.
Karl and Allison’s appointment saw hosts Georgie Gardner and Deborah Knight get the boot, with Georgie admitting that the decision left her ‘disappointed’.
“I was consulted two weeks ago about the future direction of the Today Show, and naturally I'm disappointed with the outcome,” she told 9 Now.
Georgie, who along with Deb had been hosting the show since January 2019 after Karl’s shock axing, said she was ‘very proud’ to have been one half of the first female hosting duo in Australian breakfast television.
She added that while her nine-year tenure with the program had ‘at times been cruel’ she was departing with ‘fond memories’ and planned to return to her ‘first love’, news.
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