Despite consistent reports all but confirming that Karl will make his way back the once ultra-popular breakfast show, nationwide betting company Sportsbet is not bowing to gossip and rates Karl Stefanovic an outsider to return as permanent host of Today.
The online bookmaker has Stefanovic at $3.00 to be reinstated as a permanent host on the program this year.
This is despite the show’s ratings having plummeted in dramatic fashion since Stefanovic was unceremoniously dumped by Nine.
Although there have been rumours of some bad blood, according to ‘unnamed sources’ the Gold Logie winner would be warmly welcomed back to the desk.
Even though Stefanovic is still contracted at Nine, it seems the betting community are unlikely to take a punt on Karl's comeback.
“Even with Today's terrible ratings, we doubt Nine executives will reinstate Karl. The bloke is a legend and hugely popular" said sportsbet.com.au’s Rich Hummerston.
Rob McKnight, who runs entertainment news site TV Blackbox, told New Idea: “There’s no doubt Karl would be missing the daily cut-and-thrust of television. He’s a man on a lot of money with nothing to do, and for someone of Karl’s creativity and drive, it must be making him stir-crazy.”