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The most shocking showbiz stories of 2017 

Television and media personalities are known for making headlines.

And several Aussie stars certainly created some of the biggest this year. 

From Karl Stefanovic’s whirlwind romance with Jasmine Yarbrough, to PR queen Roxy Jacenko locking lips with her ex Nabil Gazal, Daily Mail Australia takes a look at the shock stories of 2017.

From Karl Stefanovic’s whirlwind romance with Jasmine Yarbrough to PR queen Roxy Jacenko locking lips with millionaire Nabil Gazal: The shock stories of 2017 

Karl Stefanovic, 43, appeared to confirm his new romance with Jasmine Yarbrough, 33, by packing on the PDA at a boat party on Sydney Harbour in February.

The sighting came just months after the Today show co-host announced his split from wife of 21-years, Cassandra Thorburn, 46, in September last year.    

This past October, Karl gushed over his model-turned shoe designer girlfriend Jasmine, telling The Daily Telegraph: ‘There is a lot of love in my life. She’s a very strong and passionate person.’ 

Shock split: Karl debuted a new romance with model Jasmine Yarbrough following his split with wife Cassandra Thorburn (pictured) 

Shock split: Karl debuted a new romance with model Jasmine Yarbrough following his split with wife Cassandra Thorburn (pictured) 

Smitten: This past October, Karl gushed over his model-turned shoe designer girlfriend Jasmine, telling The Daily Telegraph: 'There is a lot of love in my life. She's a very strong and passionate person'

Smitten: This past October, Karl gushed over his model-turned shoe designer girlfriend Jasmine, telling The Daily Telegraph: ‘There is a lot of love in my life. She’s a very strong and passionate person’

While Roxy Jacenko’s husband Oliver Curtis was spending time behind bars for conspiracy to commit insider trading, the 37-year-old PR queen was pictured locking lips with her millionaire ex-boyfriend, Nabil Gazal.  

The sensational photos, taken in May, saw the married mother-of-two in an intimate embrace with the property developer at his luxury Sydney apartment at a post-dinner party.   

Embracing in front of large glass windows located near a balcony, the pair appeared unfazed about hiding their PDA session from outside eyes. 

Locking lips: While Roxy Jacenko's husband Oliver Curtis was spending time behind bars for conspiracy to commit insider trading, the 37-year-old PR queen was pictured locking lips with her millionaire ex-boyfriend, Nabil Gazal 

Locking lips: While Roxy Jacenko’s husband Oliver Curtis was spending time behind bars for conspiracy to commit insider trading, the 37-year-old PR queen was pictured locking lips with her millionaire ex-boyfriend, Nabil Gazal 

Breaking her silence: Despite rekindling her romance with Oliver (pictured), following the shock sighting, Roxy admitted to news.com.au in August, that at the time she thought her marriage was over: 'I'd spoken to a lawyer about divorce, and he (Oliver) knew that, I'd told him' 

Breaking her silence: Despite rekindling her romance with Oliver (pictured), following the shock sighting, Roxy admitted to news.com.au in August, that at the time she thought her marriage was over: ‘I’d spoken to a lawyer about divorce, and he (Oliver) knew that, I’d told him’ 

Former felon: Oliver spent a year behind bars at Cooma Correctional Centre for conspiracy to commit insider trading 

Former felon: Oliver spent a year behind bars at Cooma Correctional Centre for conspiracy to commit insider trading 

Despite rekindling her romance with Oliver following the shock sighting, Roxy admitted to news.com.au in August that at the time she thought her marriage was over.

She said: ‘I’d spoken to a lawyer about divorce, and he (Oliver) knew that, I’d told him.’

Meanwhile, October saw Lisa Wilkinson, 58, announce her departure from Channel Nine’s the Today show.

Brood: The high-profile couple share two children together, daughter Pixie, six, and son Hunter, three 

Brood: The high-profile couple share two children together, daughter Pixie, six, and son Hunter, three 

The television presenter took to Twitter to share the news she would appear on the panel of current affairs program The Project.

Lisa’s shock announcement came just a day after an explosive report claimed her contract negotiations with Nine had been ‘stalled’.

The Sunday Telegraph alleged that the former women’s magazine editor was holding out on re-signing, until she was granted ‘pay parity’ with co-host Karl Stefanovic.

It was suggested the reason Lisa wanted the same money as Karl, who was ‘rumoured to be on twice as much’.

No more Today: Meanwhile, October saw Lisa Wilkinson, 58, announce her departure from Channel Nine's the Today show 

No more Today: Meanwhile, October saw Lisa Wilkinson, 58, announce her departure from Channel Nine’s the Today show 

Jumping ship: The television presenter took to Twitter to share the news that she had taken up role with rival Channel 10

Jumping ship: The television presenter took to Twitter to share the news that she had taken up role with rival Channel 10

Claims: Lisa's shock announcement came just a day after an explosive report claimed her contract negotiations with Nine had been 'stalled'. The Sunday Telegraph alleged that the former women's magazine editor was holding out on re-signing, until she was granted 'pay parity' with co-host Karl Stefanovic 

Claims: Lisa’s shock announcement came just a day after an explosive report claimed her contract negotiations with Nine had been ‘stalled’. The Sunday Telegraph alleged that the former women’s magazine editor was holding out on re-signing, until she was granted ‘pay parity’ with co-host Karl Stefanovic 

The Australian reported that Karl earns at least $2 million a year in a three-year contract with a potential bonus that could take his salary to $3 million if ratings are hit. 

Lisa later confirmed that she left Channel Nine because of the pay gap.  

Former Home And Away star Johnny Ruffo, 29, shocked fans when he revealed that he had a brain tumour in October. 

The actor told Daily Mail Australia he went to hospital with a migraine before being rushed into emergency surgery.

He said: ‘On Sunday I went into hospital with a migraine. I had to have emergency surgery to have a brain tumour removed. I am on the mend and feeling positive. Keep me in your thoughts.’  

Johnny had 95 per cent of the tumour removed, and underwent chemotherapy and six weeks of radiotherapy for brain cancer. 

Shock surgery: Former Home And Away star Johnny Ruffo, 29, shocked fans when he revealed that he had a brain tumour in October

Shock surgery: Former Home And Away star Johnny Ruffo, 29, shocked fans when he revealed that he had a brain tumour in October

Life or death: Johnny had 95 per cent of the tumour removed, and underwent chemotherapy and six weeks of radiotherapy for brain cancer 

Life or death: Johnny had 95 per cent of the tumour removed, and underwent chemotherapy and six weeks of radiotherapy for brain cancer 



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