There is one major difference with the announcement – Karl remains under contract with Nine. Peter is now looking for a job.
This statement was issued Wednesday:
From Darren Wick, Nine director of news and current affairs:
“Nine and Karl Stefanovic have agreed it is time for him to step off the Today show. Karl remains on contract with the network and will continue to host This Time Next Year, which records in February.
“For over 14 years Karl has been at the centre of the Today show bringing his unique personality and perspective to the day’s news and current affairs.
“An announcement on the new line up and format of the Today show will be made in the coming weeks.”
Karl Stefanovic said:
“For the last 14 years I’ve co-hosted the best show on television. I can’t thank Nine enough for the opportunity. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be good enough to host this grand show for so long.
“Thanks to our viewers mostly, you are what matters most. It’s been a tough time. Thanks for hanging in there. I look forward to seeing you in another capacity at this great network soon.”