He locked horns with the politician during a tense Today show interview earlier this week.
But that didn’t seem to bother Karl Stefanovic as he cosied up with Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop at Derby Day on Saturday.
Taking to Instagram, the 43-year-old Today show host shared a selfie that showed him leaning in with the beaming politician inside a packed marquee.
Friends in high places! Karl Stefanvoic shared a smiling selfie with Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop at Derby Day on Saturdy. Also seen in the snap was Karl’s flame Jasmine Yarbrough (centre), and Julie’s partner David Panton (R)
The pair were joined by Karl’s glamorous shoe designer girlfriend Jasmine Yarbrough, whose model visage was somewhat obscured by Julie’s very large race day hat.
It seemed to be a couple’s affair, with Julie’s partner David Panton also seen in the happy snap, giving a beaming smile to camera.
Seeming to enjoy his brush with political power, Karl poked gentle fun at Julie’s extravagant head piece, captioning the photo: ‘The acting PM making selfies difficult. What a hat. @juliebishopmp.’
Hat’s extravagant! Julie rocked Derby Day in a very extravagant hat
Given a recent Newspoll survey found Julie’s Liberal Party lagging behind Labor for the 21st time in a row, it’s possible the politician may have been asking Karl about whether Lisa Wilkinson’s recently-vacated seat on the Today show might still be available after the next election.
The pair’s friendly display at Derby Day was a marked contrast to an intense interview which Karl conducted with Julie on Thursday’s edition of the Today show.
During their exchange, the 61-year-old politician was seen giving an icy stare down the camera as she joined Karl via video link from Perth.
Power couple: Karl and Jasmine joined punters at Derby Day
Things became more stifled after Karl questioned Julie as to whether she had plans to run against Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in a leadership contest.
‘When will you be running?’ Karl asked the Acting Prime Minister.
‘Probably later this morning along Cottesloe Beach’ the super-fit and quick-witted politician snapped back.
Contrast: On Thursday, things were far more tense between the TV star and the politician during an interview on the Today show