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Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon talk about their turbulent start to co-hosting Today


Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon admit starting their Today co-hosting journey during a turbulent 2020 was ‘the best thing’ for the show

Karl Stefanovic, 46, and Ally Langdon, 42, have gotten candid about starting their Today show hosting journey during a turbulent 2020. 

The TV personalities admitted that beginning their tenure during the catastrophic Australian bushfires – followed by the pandemic – was ‘the best thing’ for the Channel 9 morning show in an interview with TV Week.

‘The focus was the story, as opposed to us and our relationship,’ Langdon said.

Dynamic duo: Karl Stefanovic, 46, and Ally Langdon, 42, have gotten candid about starting their Today show hosting journey during a turbulent 2020

Karl meanwhile described the timing as ‘probably the best thing for us to try to cement what we were going to be to the Australian public’.

The veteran journalist then explained he wanted to be serious first, and entertaining second. 

However, the duo conceded that despite making some inroads, they were still trailing their Channel 7 rival Sunrise in the ratings.

Stefanovic, who is already on his second go-around on the breakfast show, admitted if they don’t start winning the ratings battle, he’ll ‘be off the show again’.

Every cloud: The TV personalities admitted that beginning their tenure during the catastrophic Australian bushfires - followed by the pandemic - was 'the best thing' for the Channel 9 morning show

Every cloud: The TV personalities admitted that beginning their tenure during the catastrophic Australian bushfires – followed by the pandemic – was ‘the best thing’ for the Channel 9 morning show

Channel Nine sacked Stefanovic shortly after his ‘lavish’ second wedding in Mexico amid speculation women did not like him leaving his first wife for a younger woman.

The TV anchor had been married to journalist Cassandra Thorburn for 21 years and he has three children aged 13 to 20 with the 50-year-old.

The couple split in 2016 and in 2018 he married shoe designer Jasmine Yarbrough, now 36. 

Word hard play hard: 'The focus was the story, as opposed to us and our relationship,' Langdon said of their turbulent start. The pair pictured on the red carpet with colleague Brooke Boney

Word hard play hard: ‘The focus was the story, as opposed to us and our relationship,’ Langdon said of their turbulent start. The pair pictured on the red carpet with colleague Brooke Boney

The pair share one child together, Harper, aged one. 

Langdon meanwhile shares son Mack and daughter Scout with husband and fellow journalist Michael Willesee Jr. 

Addressing fatherhood, Karl told TV Week he was ‘very open’ to having a second child with Jasmine.

It would however, quipped the father-of-four, mean another 15 years of hosting Today in order to pay school fees.  

Working mum: Langdon meanwhile shares son Mack and daughter Scout with husband and fellow journalist Michael Willesee Jr

Working mum: Langdon meanwhile shares son Mack and daughter Scout with husband and fellow journalist Michael Willesee Jr

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