Last week, New Idea broke the news that Karl was coming back to his morning TV slot but those close to him fear he’s not ready to take on the role again.
“After everything that’s gone down the past couple of years Karl is like a castrated bull now,” says a friend. “He is not the same larrikin he once was and is so worried he may put his foot in it. He has kind of lost his shine.”
If everything goes ahead, Karl’s return could mean current Today co-host Tom Steinfort being booted off the panel and back to 60 Minutes. According to our spies, Tom’s co-hosts Georgie Gardner and Deborah Knight agree changes need to be made to save the show.
“They are both well-respected and experienced journalists,” says the source. “They know things can’t go on this way and are ready for a reshuffle.”
Another insider claims the changes will mean Georgie could be taking over co-hosting on the weekends with David Campbell. They added: “Nine sees the Karl and Alli combo as the only way to break the Sunrise stranglehold and increase the flagging ratings.”
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