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Georgie Gardner breaks her silence after co-host Karl Stefanovic was axed from Today

Georgie Gardner has broken her silence after her Today co-host Karl Stefanovic was axed from the show on Wednesday. 

The 48-year-old reflected on how ‘tough’ the week has been and how ‘challenging’ the past year was, taking to Instagram to share a gushing tribute to Karl, 44.

Sharing a shot of the pair laughing, Georgie said that Karl had taught her ‘plenty’ during their time as co-hosts.

‘A very tough week, a challenging year’: Georgie Gardner breaks her silence after co-host Karl Stefanovic was axed from Today… after claims she ‘hates’ the embattled star and ‘knew’ he’d get the boot a year ago

‘A very tough week, a challenging year,’ Georgie’s post began. 

‘Huge congratulations @karlstefanovic_ for a 14 yr (sic) tenure hosting one of TV’s most demanding gigs.’

‘You brought a new brand, straddling the serious stories along with endless laughs (see YouTube!) You taught me plenty, it was never boring. X,’ Georgie wrote, finishing her caption with a kiss. 

Claims: It comes after The Daily Telegraph claimed that Georgie played a big role in his sacking. According to the publication, Georgie, who replaced Lisa Wilkinson last year, had 'demanded not to work with him' after becoming fed up with his headline-making antics

Claims: It comes after The Daily Telegraph claimed that Georgie played a big role in his sacking. According to the publication, Georgie, who replaced Lisa Wilkinson last year, had ‘demanded not to work with him’ after becoming fed up with his headline-making antics

It comes after The Daily Telegraph claimed that Georgie played a big role in his sacking.  

According to the publication, Georgie, who replaced Lisa Wilkinson last year, had ‘demanded not to work with him’ after becoming fed up with his headline-making antics.

There are also claims that the mother-of-two, who has always had a strained relationship with the larrikin TV host, was ‘assured’ by Channel Nine a year ago that she would only have to work with him for 12 months.

‘Georgie simply demanded she won’t work with Karl anymore,’ a Nine executive reportedly told The Daily Telegraph on Friday. 

Making headlines: There are also claims that the mother-of-two, who has always had a strained relationship with the larrikin TV host, was 'assured' by Channel Nine a year ago that she would only have to work with him for 12 months

Making headlines: There are also claims that the mother-of-two, who has always had a strained relationship with the larrikin TV host, was ‘assured’ by Channel Nine a year ago that she would only have to work with him for 12 months

‘She hates Karl and has done for a long time,’ the insider said, adding that Karl’s Ubergate scandal was the final straw for the much-loved female TV star.

Meanwhile, News Corp reports that just over a year ago a senior executive at Channel Nine had promised Georgie that she’d only have to ‘work with Karl for a year’.

‘She signed on to the show after having been assured she would only have to do one year with Karl,’ an unnamed senior executive at Nine reportedly told The Sunday Telegraph a year ago.

‘After that, he’s gone and Nine will recast and she will get to work with someone else.’

However, Nine dismissed the report as ‘utter garbage’ in a statement to Daily Mail Australia.

All is well then? However, Nine dismissed the report as 'utter garbage' in a statement to Daily Mail Australia

All is well then? However, Nine dismissed the report as ‘utter garbage’ in a statement to Daily Mail Australia

Awkward: After Karl and his brother Peter Stefanovic's 'b**chy' phone conversation in the back of an Uber was exposed by New Idea in March, Georgie was reportedly 'furious and demanded to hear the recording' (Pete is pictured R)

Awkward: After Karl and his brother Peter Stefanovic’s ‘b**chy’ phone conversation in the back of an Uber was exposed by New Idea in March, Georgie was reportedly ‘furious and demanded to hear the recording’ (Pete is pictured R)

After Karl and his brother Peter Stefanovic’s ‘b**chy’ phone conversation in the back of an Uber was exposed by New Idea in March, Georgie was reportedly ‘furious and demanded to hear the recording’.

Woman’s Day claimed at the time that she was ‘p***ed off’ and her concerns even resulted in management getting involved. 

‘There were crisis meetings, with Nine executives in damage control,’ a source told the magazine at the time.

‘Georgie wanted to “know exactly what they (Peter and Karl) were saying about her,”‘ the TV insider alleged.

‘She made it clear when she came back to Today, she wasn’t going to put up with Karl’s antics.’

Reports: During the phone call, Karl reportedly discussed his 'problems' with Georgie and claimed she 'sits on the fence' and was too neutral

Reports: During the phone call, Karl reportedly discussed his ‘problems’ with Georgie and claimed she ‘sits on the fence’ and was too neutral

During the phone call, Karl reportedly discussed his ‘problems’ with Georgie and claimed she ‘sits on the fence’ and was too neutral.

The Uber driver who overheard the conversation told the magazine: ‘(Karl) said she didn’t have enough opinions and he wanted her to step up.

‘He actually sounded angry and said he was going to start pushing hard and that she needed to do that if she wanted to stay on the show.’

Meanwhile, The Daily Telegraph also claimed on Friday that while it was reported Georgie couldn’t make Karl’s wedding to Jasmine Yarbrough due to family commitments, she simply did not want to attend the nuptials. 

It’s widely known that Georgie and Karl have always had a strained relationship.

During an interview with Hughesy & Kate earlier this year, Georgie admitted there was ‘a fraction too much friction’ between the pair.

Her subtle on-air digs at Karl also didn’t go unnoticed.

And at this year’s Logies, Georgie was caught rolling her eyes at Karl during an awkward interview on the red carpet, with viewers instantly taking to Twitter to react.

Not wanting to celebrate? Meanwhile, The Daily Telegraph also claimed on Friday that while it was reported Georgie couldn't make Karl's wedding to Jasmine Yarbrough due to family commitments, she simply did not want to attend the nuptials

Not wanting to celebrate? Meanwhile, The Daily Telegraph also claimed on Friday that while it was reported Georgie couldn’t make Karl’s wedding to Jasmine Yarbrough due to family commitments, she simply did not want to attend the nuptials

‘Georgie has decided not to even pretend to like Karl anymore and I love it,’ one viewer wrote, seeming to take the blonde’s eye-roll as unconcealed contempt for Karl.

‘Wow, really not hard to see how much Georgie LOATHES Karl,’ another remarked.

The pair were being interviewed on the red carpet by Sonia Kruger when the eye roll occurred.

During the chat Karl told Sonia: ‘There’s a lot going to happen tonight, and Georgie’s going to be with me the whole night’.

Seemingly less than impressed, Georgie shot him a disapproving look before turning away and rolling her eyes. 

Sonia then stated: ‘You’ve got a really early start tomorrow Georgie, so I’m assuming you will party the whole way through?’

‘Thank you for the reminder Sonia, and the responsible thing to do would be to party on through,’ the Today show co-host replied.

‘WOO!!’ Karl yelled out enthusiastically, before Georgie again turned away with a disgruntled look on her face, seeming to signal she was less than impressed with Karl’s antics.

After months of speculation, Karl was finally dumped from Today on Wednesday, just a day after his brother Peter, 37, parted ways with the network ‘to explore new opportunities.’

‘For the last 14 years I’ve co-hosted the best show on television. I can’t thank Nine enough for the opportunity. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be good enough to host this grand show for so long,’ Karl said in a statement. 

‘Thanks to our viewers mostly, you are what matters most. It’s been a tough time. Thanks for hanging in there. I look forward to seeing you in another capacity at this great Network soon.’

Meanwhile, Darren Wick, Director of News and Current Affairs at Channel Nine, confirmed that Karl would be staying with the network and will continue to host This Time Next Year.

The embattled breakfast star still has 12 months left on his $3 million contract.

Rumours have swirled for months that Karl was set to be axed from the Today show on the back of terrible ratings driven by viewers’ unhappiness at his controversial personal life.

Georgie was promoted to co-host of the Today show in January following Lisa Wilkinson’s shock exit and defection to Channel Ten in late 2017.

Lisa left Today after Nine failed to match her salary to Karl’s, who was rumoured to be earning double what she was being paid.

 

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