Sylvia Jeffreys has opened up about her shock departure from Channel 9's the TODAY Show, amid a seismic shift at Channel Nine that saw her husband, Peter Stefanovic, and TODAY co-host his brother Karl Stefanovic dramatically ushered out of their jobs - a year after Lisa Wilkinson left.
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It lead to the all-female line-up with Georgie Gardener and Deborah Knight.
The star frankly confessed that the bootings came as a shock, and seemed to indicate that she felt she was caught up in a backlash that had nothing to do with her. She now works on evening tabloid show A Current Affair.
'I didn't see change on that scale coming... It was a lot to digest all at once,' she told Stellar Magazine.
'I don't know on what basis those decisions were made, but whatever way you look at it, I was collateral.’
Amid speculation the changes were the result of the Ubergate scandal – when Karl and Peter allegedly slated network colleagues during an overheard phone call in an Uber – followed by Karl’s high-profile wedding to new wife Jasmine, Sylvia suggests that whatever happened, her allegiances remain.
'[Karl and Jasmine] are beautiful people who love each other very much and that's all I really care about,’ she told Stellar.
Peter, who unlike Sylvia was a participant in the Uber chat, told the Herald Sun that he was 'embarrassed' and 'ashamed' by the drama and the way it affected his loved ones.
'I got my wife (and brother into trouble; and I took that really hard,' he said.