Georgie Gardner has been confirmed as the new co-host of the Today Show.
She appeared on air just before 8am this morning to make the announcement and addressed “conjecture” about supposed tension between her and Karl Stefanovic.
“We’ve had our laughs … you know how much I respect you,” she said.
Gardner and Stefanovic previously worked together on Today for seven years, when she was the show’s newsreader. She left that role in 2014.
“She likes to keep you guessing. She’s very committed to making sure the info is right, which is a great attribute to have,” Stefanovic said, paying tribute to his new co-host.
“She is connected to what other mums feel out there…she is going to bring that to the table…she has a wicked sense of humour and is a very funny woman.”
Gardner described the announcement as a “pinch me moment.”
“It’s a huge decision I take very seriously…I’ve consulted with the whole family.”
Nine is hoping Gardner will boost audiences, following weeks of turmoil since Lisa Wilkinson announced her departure.
Gardner currently appears on Nine’s Sydney news bulletin and will fill in for host Peter Overton in December.
She will start her new role on the Channel Nine breakfast show in January.
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– Written by Rekha Kulen