Jessica, who famously was the victim of a ‘boning’ by Nine Network executives, told the Studio 10 audience today how upset she was over Karl’s treatment of her ‘dear friend’ Georgie Gardner.
‘Georgie’s one of my dearest friends... I don’t think these two [Karl and Peter Stefanovic] are victims.
‘If you have nothing nice to say about someone, do it behind closed doors. Do not do it on speakerphone where people are listening.’
Jessica, who left the Nine Network in 2007 amid a lot of negative publicity about the way she was treated, took exception to Karl’s comment that Georgie had allegedly been sitting on the fence.
‘Georgie is an incredible journalist, she is not neutral about anything, she’s strong, she’s committed, she’s passionate. I’m sick of blokes saying negative things about women,’ she said.
And on the matter of the brothers’ apology, Jessica concluded, ‘As they should have... as he should be’.
Speaking of rumours she might return to the Today Show, Jessica last year said, 'No, are you joking? I could think of nothing worse, myself.’
Karl’s comments about Georgie and Richard Wilkins, and Peter’s own unedifying rant, are the talk to the country today. Also revealed are eyebrow-raising new details of Karl's commitment ceremony with partner Jasmine.
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