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Karl Stefanovic is reprimanded after driving a go-kart off the track at the Australian Open

Karl Stefanovic joked that he’s been blacklisted from the Australian Open after pulling a stunt with a go-kart during a segment for Today on Friday.

The 45-year-old morning TV host was racing co-host Allison Langdon in a go-kart at the tennis tournament in Melbourne when he decided to veer off-course.

‘Here’s the thing, it turns out the Australian Open tennis officials are not very happy with us, so we may or may not be at Monday’s broadcast is what I’m saying,’ he laughed.

Not winning any fans: Karl Stefanovic joked that he’s been blacklisted from the Australian Open after pulling a stunt with a go-kart during a segment for Today on Friday. Pictured with co-host Allison Langdon

It started out fine, with Karl and Allison, 40, posing alongside their go-karts with their helmets strapped on. 

‘This has never looked so good, I have to say,’ said Allison, pointing out Karl’s suit and helmet ensemble. 

She then explained they had decided to settle the score on who is the better driver with a friendly race around a makeshift go-kart track.  

Tight fit: As they climbed into their respective go-karts, Allison urged the show's producers to 'get a close-up shot of Karl getting into this car' as he struggled to squeeze in

Tight fit: As they climbed into their respective go-karts, Allison urged the show’s producers to ‘get a close-up shot of Karl getting into this car’ as he struggled to squeeze in

On the move: After counting down, Allison sped off without him, leaving her co-host confused at the starting line

'Have we started? How does it work? How does the car work?' he yelled into the emptiness

On the move: After counting down, Allison sped off without him, leaving her co-host confused at the starting line

As they climbed into their respective go-karts, Allison urged the show’s producers to ‘get a close-up shot of Karl getting into this car’ as he struggled to squeeze in. 

After counting down, Allison sped off without him, leaving her co-host confused at the starting line.

‘Have we started? How does it work? How does the car work?’ he yelled into the emptiness. 

Making his own way: After finally figuring it out, it wasn't long before Karl sped past spectators, before deliberately going off-course

Making his own way: After finally figuring it out, it wasn’t long before Karl sped past spectators, before deliberately going off-course

Back in the race: It appeared to have been a shortcut, with a cocky Karl beating an incredulous Allison to the finish line

Back in the race: It appeared to have been a shortcut, with a cocky Karl beating an incredulous Allison to the finish line

Meanwhile, Allison had whizzed back around, already onto her second lap before Karl even left the starting line. 

After finally figuring it out, it wasn’t long before Karl sped past spectators, before deliberately going off-course. 

‘Where’s Karl gone?’ asked Allison, leaving the show’s crew scrambling to locate the rogue host.

Breaking down: As Karl drove celebratory circles around a tennis court, Allison finally arrived, claiming her car was 'broken'

Breaking down: As Karl drove celebratory circles around a tennis court, Allison finally arrived, claiming her car was ‘broken’

‘I just thought I would break free a little bit…’ Karl explained, as he drove past hordes of confused people.

‘Watch out, everyone! Beep-beep!’ he called out as he sped along a pedestrian walkway.

It appeared to have been a shortcut, with a cocky Karl beating an incredulous Allison to the finish line.

Making an impact: Snatching the microphone from Today's news presenter, Tracy Vo, Karl then revealed the powers that be at the Australian Open were 'not very happy'

Making an impact: Snatching the microphone from Today’s news presenter, Tracy Vo, Karl then revealed the powers that be at the Australian Open were ‘not very happy’

As Karl drove celebratory circles around a tennis court, Allison finally arrived, claiming her car was ‘broken’.

‘He sabotaged me! This is the only way he can win, to sabotage me,’ she said. 

Snatching the microphone from Today’s news presenter, Tracy Vo, 36, Karl then revealed the powers that be at the Australian Open were ‘not very happy’.  

Helping hand: Appearing to be stuck, Karl needed assistance getting out of his go-kart, with Allison seen prying him out

Helping hand: Appearing to be stuck, Karl needed assistance getting out of his go-kart, with Allison seen prying him out

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