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Karl Stefanovic calls Anthony Albanese the Prime Minister on air

Karl Stefanovic has his co-hosts in stitches as he pretends to broadcasting from the future and proclaims Anthony Albanese the prime minister

  • Today Show host Karl Stefanovic joked Anthony Albanese is the Prime Minister 
  • He appeared to be continuing a joke with co-host Allie Langdon from the break 
  • Stefanovic was introducing a segment on the official interest rate rise 
  • Scott Morrison is still the Prime Minister with the election not until May 21 

Today Show viewers may have been confused on Wednesday morning as Karl Stefanovic jokingly proclaimed Anthony Albanese as the Prime Minister. 

The Nine Network host appeared to have been mucking around with co-hosts Allison Langdon, Brooke Boney and Alex Cullen while on an ad break before continuing on with gag as the show returned. 

‘Welcome to 2024. The Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is in big trouble this morning after interest rates went down for the first time,’ Stefanovic said.

Scott Morrison is still the Prime Minister with the federal election not until May 21 where he is running against Mr Albanese. 

Stefanovic (right) appeared to be continuing a joke with co-host Langdon from the ad-break when he called Mr Albanese the PM

‘Did you fall asleep and miss two years, it feels like it?’ Langdon laughed.

‘I stand by my comment, it feels like 2024,’ she said.

‘May the fourth be with you,’ a grinning Stefanovic then added.

He then introduced the next segment, a piece on the Reserve Bank raising the official interest rate to 0.35 per cent. 

‘For the average $600,000 mortgage, you will be paying an extra $78 a month. It’s only going to keep rising,’

He then threw to a reporter making one final nod to the joke – saying the 2032 Brisbane Olympics were not too far away.

‘First to Jessica Millward in Brisbane. Good morning to you. Only eight years until the Olympics,’ he laughed. 

The federal election is on May 21 where Mr Albanese (pictured) will go up against current PM Scott Morrison

The federal election is on May 21 where Mr Albanese (pictured) will go up against current PM Scott Morrison

The RBA raised the cash rate from a record low 0.1 per cent to 0.35 per cent at Tuesday’s monthly board meeting, making mortgages more expensive.

The number is a larger increase than economists had been expecting after last week’s strong inflation numbers.

The annual rate of inflation surged to 5.1 per cent and underlying inflation hit 3.7 per cent, well above the RBA’s two to three per cent inflation target.

‘If interest rates were to remain unchanged, inflation would be higher than this, perhaps substantially higher,’ Dr Lowe told reporters in Sydney during a rare press conference following the board meeting.

Tuesday’s announcement was the RBA’s first rate increase since November 2010, having held the rate at a record low 0.1 per cent since November 2020.

The Today show hosts thought the gag was hilarious (pictured)

The Today show hosts thought the gag was hilarious (pictured) 

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