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Karl Stefanovic ‘no show’ at Caulfield Cup amid ACA drama

 Karl Stefanovic’s week from hell appears to be far from over.

After insiders alleged he’s ‘begging’ to leave Today for A Current Affair, it’s now been reported the 43-year-old is a no-show at Saturday’s Caulfield Cup.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Karl was to join girlfriend Jasmine Yarbrough at the event, but has ‘had a change of heart.’ 

No show: Karl Stefanovic is reportedly a ‘no show’ at Saturday’s Caulfield Cup, amid rumours of growing tension with Nine, due to his alleged desire to leave Today for A Current Affair

It’s been a horror week for the millionaire, who watched co-host Lisa Wilkinson defect to The Project, reportedly because Nine wouldn’t pay her the same as him.

Earlier Saturday, another report claimed Karl’s been pleading for the network to let him leave Today to replace an out-of-contract Tracy Grimshaw on ACA.

If true, that leaves his girlfriend Jasmine, 33, to attend the event solo, due to her commitments as a special guest of the Melbourne Racing Club and David Jones.

Solo: If true, that leaves his girlfriend Jasmine, 33, to attend the event solo, due to her commitments as a special guest of the Melbourne Racing Club and David Jones

Solo: If true, that leaves his girlfriend Jasmine, 33, to attend the event solo, due to her commitments as a special guest of the Melbourne Racing Club and David Jones

With her Mara & Mine shoes said to be stocked by David Jones from next month, it’s extremely unlikely she’d jeopardise the partnership with a no-show.

Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Karl’s representatives for comment.

According to a Nine network executive,= who spoke to The Saturday Telegraph, Lisa may have beaten Karl to the punch with her departure.

Week from hell: It's been a horror week for the millionaire, who watched co-host Lisa Wilkinson defect to The Project, reportedly because Nine wouldn't pay her the same as him

Week from hell: It’s been a horror week for the millionaire, who watched co-host Lisa Wilkinson defect to The Project, reportedly because Nine wouldn’t pay her the same as him

The executive revealed on Saturday that more than a decade of 3am alarms has become more than enough for the father-of-three.

Insiders believe he’s the favourite to replace Tracy Grimshaw on A Current Affair when she either retires or takes a spot on 60 Minutes. 

‘Karl has been begging to get off there forever and surprise, surprise, the joint has imploded because they never listened to this bloke,’ an insider said.

Can't win them all! According to a Nine network executive, Lisa may have beaten Karl to the punch with her shock departure

Can’t win them all! According to a Nine network executive, Lisa may have beaten Karl to the punch with her shock departure

Eyes on the prize: Insiders believe he's the favourite to replace Tracy Grimshaw on A Current Affair when she either retires or takes a spot on 60 Minutes

Eyes on the prize: Insiders believe he’s the favourite to replace Tracy Grimshaw on A Current Affair when she either retires or takes a spot on 60 Minutes

‘They haven’t let him off and he’s been like a hostage.’

‘There is a strong possibility that Tracy moves from A Current Affair, either to call it a day or to do special features on 60 Minutes, and that way Karl goes in to ACA and it leaves a clean slate for the morning,’ he continued.

ACA and Nine News are the only programs that would justify his salary of more than $2million, the executive said. 

Gotta pay the bills! ACA and Nine News are the only programs that would justify his salary of more than $2million, the executive said

Gotta pay the bills! ACA and Nine News are the only programs that would justify his salary of more than $2million, the executive said

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