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It was almost two years ago that Ally Langdon joined Karl Stefanovic on the Today show, and now the 42-year-old is speaking out about her colourful co-star.
Ally opened up about what it's really like to work alongside one of the most divisive names in breakfast TV in a new interview with The Australian Women's Weekly.
'Hug him, slap him'
In the wake of less-than-flattering claims from Karl's former Today co-host, Lisa Wilkinson, Ally had this to say about the 47-year-old.
"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."
Ally seems to have to 'pull up' her co-host numerous times a week, whether Karl's joking about her being pregnant after taking a rapid Covid test on-air or implying that a recently deceased royal had 10 illegitimate children.
But, at the end of the day, there's no hard feelings, with Ally calling Karl, her 'mate.' She said that while they 'feud like brother and sister' the pair end up chatting on the phone about five times a day.
Ally, who joined Today from 60 Minutes in January 2020, described her on-air relationship with Karl as 'authentic' and grounded in trust.
"We can’t fake our relationship – the audience would see through it – so it plays out naturally. We keep it real and if someone needs a slap down, it’s done with love," she explained.
"Karl’s got my back and I know he’ll never let me fail. I’ve never trusted anyone I’ve worked with as much as him."
Elsewhere in the interview, Ally touched on her new Channel Nine show, Parental Guidance and mentioned how the TV 'experiment' has changed the way she and her husband, Michael Willisee Jr., parent their own kids, Mack, 4, and Scout, 2.
"We’re far from perfect but we’ve made some tweaks and I think we’re better parents," she said.
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