Lisa Wilkinson’s shock return to TODAY

Karl surprising replacement?
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She left Today last year and now it seems Lisa Wilkinson could be set to make a return.

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With talk of an all-female panel to front the morning show in the new year, insiders say executives would love to get Lisa back on board.

“Today viewers loved Lisa,” our source explains. “So when she left, a lot of the viewers left to.”

And with ratings for The Sunday Project almost halving since the veteran journalist joined the team at Channel Ten, Nine management see it as the perfect time to poach.

“Having both Lisa and Georgie (Gardner) at the helm of Today would be a genius move,” our insider adds.

And fans couldn’t agree more.

“The show hasn’t been the same since Lisa left,” one wrote on social media. “I too stopped watching when you left. Just wasn’t.”

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Who will replace Karl Stefanovic? 

Another frontrunner is Brenton Ragless, who has been covering for Karl whilst he has been on holidays for his Mexican wedding to Jasmine Yarbrough, after filling in for Karl earlier this year.

According to Newscorp, Brenton won over Nine executives with his ‘Un-Sydney Everyman’ style of reporting.

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“Brenton has a clear and genuine connection with viewers in Adelaide and across the country. The big question is what it would take to convince Brenton to move to Sydney. Even if he was to be offered the job, would he want to trade an Adelaide lifestyle for a Sydney one?” an insider told Newscorp.

However, we now know that Karl’s brother Peter Stefanovic will not be replacing him, as he has left Weekend Today and the Nine Network.

Read Karl’s full statement here:

“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.”

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