By Jacob Walker
05:35 PM, 10 Nov 2019 , dailymail
Entertainment

Karl Stefanovic 'desperate' to return to the Today show to 'save' it from it's declining ratings



Karl Stefanovic is 'desperate' to return to the Today Show to 'save' it from it's declining ratings, it has been reported. 

According to New Idea, the 45-year-old is nothing but confident as he prepares to make his return to the breakfast program, after Georgie Gardner and Deborah Knight were axed.   

A source told the publication: 'That ego of his is still at an all-time high as per usual.'

Karl Stefanovic 'desperate' to return to the Today show to 'save' it from it's declining ratings

'That ego of his is still at an all-time high': Karl Stefanovic is 'desperate' to make his return to the Today show to 'save' it from it's declining ratings... after Georgie Gardner and Deborah Knight were axed

'He sees himself like a knight in shining armour riding in to save the day.' 

'He's desperate to return to save the show from its all-time low ratings.'

As New Idea reports, Karl recently told Nova's Fitzy and Wippa that he's Nine's 'lucky charm' and 'ready to go in and we'll have a win,' when it comes to the ratings. 

Is he the answer for the lacklustre ratings? 'He sees himself like a knight in shining armour riding in to save the day,' a source said. Karl is pictured on Today with former co-host Georgie Gardner   

Gone! Deborah Knight and Georgie (both pictured) took over the co-hosting duties for Today this year, but have just been axed

It comes after it was confirmed that Karl would be returning to the Today Show in 2020, with new co-host Allison Langdon.  

Karl was originally axed from the show while on his honeymoon last December. 

Meanwhile on Monday, Georgie left the show with immediate effect. 

The 49-year-old was absent from the breakfast program on Monday, with Deborah and Tom Steinfort giving her a rather awkward send-off shortly before 6am.

Back to it: It comes after it was confirmed that Karl would be returning to the Today Show in 2020, with new co-host Allison Langdon (pictured together)

Gone: Meanwhile on Monday, Georgie left the show with immediate effect. The 49-year-old was absent from the breakfast program on Monday, with Deborah and Tom Steinfort (pictured) giving her a rather awkward send-off shortly before 6am

'We wanted to acknowledge our colleague and friend, Georgie Gardner,' began Deborah, who has also been axed but won't leave the show until the end of the year.

Deborah continued: 'You might have read over the weekend that Georgie has left the show. After a really challenging year, we want to wish Georgie all the very best.' 

Tom added: 'She has been a committed and passionate member of the team here. I think particularly when she's been sharing the stories of everyday Australians who are doing it tough. These are issues that she wanted to focus on.  

'She has always been a woman of strength here, a woman of class - and also who could forget that very wicked sense of humour that would just pop up from time to time as well?'

'She gave it a red hot go': Deborah then reflected on Today's declining ratings since Georgie replaced Lisa Wilkinson as Karl's co-host in early 2018

Deborah then reflected on Today's declining ratings since Georgie replaced Lisa Wilkinson as Karl's co-host in early 2018. 

'She gave it a red hot go,' said Deborah.

'For now though, Georgie is enjoying the time with her family, friends, taking Wilbur the dog [for a walk] and we look forward to seeing you on our screens again soon.'

On Friday, Georgie's final episode of Today delivered 191,000 metro viewers.

This marked a significant boost from the record low of 155,000 metro viewers the show had reached earlier this month. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Nine and a representative of Karl for comment in relation to this story.

All in the numbers: On Friday, Georgie's final episode of Today delivered 191,000 metro viewers. This marked a significant boost from the record low of 155,000 metro viewers the show had reached earlier this month


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