Fans were sent into a tailspin following the announcement that Deborah Knight is set to replace Karl Stefanovic on Today, making history by turning the program into a female-run programme.
And now, Nine’s new director for morning TV, Steven Burling has spoken out about why Deborah was the perfect person for the job – and it has nothing to do with gender or ‘making a statement.’
'We didn't think it was a statement, we didn't think it was time to have a female duo hosting Today,' Burling told The Sydney Morning Herald, before explaining that simply, Deborah and Georgie Gardner make an excellent team.
'The rationale for us for two female hosts is simply having the two most capable people at the desk as part of our core team.
'It was about having our dream team who we wanted sitting there.'