Karl Stefanovic has finally broken his silence about his shock axing from the Today Show last December.
WATCH Karl get candid about his dismissal from Channel Nine's hit breakfast show and dish on his new wife Jasmine Yarbrough:
Nine's former golden boy opened up about the sensational sacking at apost-LogiesbrunchinQueenslandthis morning, after the 61st annualTV Week LogieAwardswent off with a bang atthe StarGold Coastyesterday evening.
Speaking in his capacity as the event'sco-host, the embattled anchor - who is a two-timeGold Logie winnerhimself - revealed he was "struggling" towards the end oflast yearwhen he got word about his dumping whilst on honeymoon with his new wife,shoe designerJasmine Yarbrough.
"It was good to be backlast night. It's been about six months since I was on the telly, and I needed to have a rest.
"Towards the end oflast year, I was cooked," theaxedpresenter began.
"It had taken its toll. A lot of the attention - all the unwarranted attention, I thought, and you can't control any of that.
"I'm not going to complain too much about that, but what it meant was that in a work capacity, I don't believe for a second I was at my best.
"I think I was struggling towards the end oflast year."
Karl and his new wife Jasmine Yarbrough
While he admitted hisToday axingcame as a major blow, theSydney-based star said it also brought a sense of relief.
"I just wasn't at my best, and you can't be doing that show unless you're at the top of your game. You've got to be sharp, you've got to be witty, you've got to be funny.
"You've got to see the angles, and to be honest at the end oflast year, I wasn't seeing much."
Karl was replaced by veteran journalistsGeorgie GardnerandDeborah Knightwho continue to front thebreakfast show.
The exit came as Karl's brotherPeter StefanovicshockedAustralianviewers by quitting his longtime hosting gig onChannel 9to "explore new opportunities".
Peter Stefanovic and Sylvia Jeffreys have also left Channel 9
Reports from the time indicated he was slated to be dismissed from his Weekend Today presenting slot.
Peter's wifeSylvia Jeffreyshas also since leftthe Today Show.
More than six months on, Karl is ready to take on a new role as host of the second season ofNine's hit series,This Time Next Year.
Last night's Logies saw a star studded array ofAustralianA-listers walk thered carpet, with the shock win of the night coming as controversial comedianTom Gleesonbagged the covetedGold Logieahead of hot favourite Amanda Keller.
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