The em­bat­tled To­day host was red-faced after Nine stopped Jas­mine Yar­brough from ap­pear­ing on the TV Week Lo­gies red car­pet

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Karl Ste­fanovic was smil­ing through grit­ted teeth at TV’S night of nights, and fi­nally the rea­son can be re­vealed, after it was con­firmed a tense be­hindthe-scenes war was be­ing played out in the weeks lead­ing up to the TV Week Lo­gies.

“Nine told him they didn’t want Jas­mine there,” con­firms one source, ex­plain­ing that the net­work’s break­fast show had been in rat­ings freefall since di­vorced Karl hooked up with the younger shoe de­signer.

“They told him in no un­cer­tain terms that it wasn’t a good look to bring Jas­mine to the event, and banned her from the red car­pet. They en­sured no footage of Jas­mine went to air dur­ing the tele­cast, and that wasn’t easy when she was sit­ting next to him.”


Net­work in­sid­ers say the ten­sion be­tween Karl and Nine reached cri­sis lev­els in the lead-up to the TV Week Lo­gies, par­tic­u­larly when he re­fused to heed their ad­vice to leave Jas­mine at home for fear of of­fend­ing view­ers.

“He pulled the only card he has,” ex­plains the source. “As a for­mer Gold Lo­gie re­cip­i­ent he’s en­ti­tled to two tick­ets to the big night for the rest of his life – and the only plus-one he wanted was Jas­mine. He just de­fied the net­work and or­gan­ised five-star treat­ment for Jas­mine’s first TV Week Lo­gies night.

“I know Ge­orgie [Gard­ner, Karl’s To­day co-host] was also ex­tremely un­com­fort­able at the thought of hav­ing to walk the red car­pet with Karl – and Jas­mine.

“As it was, she looked in­cred­i­bly awk­ward when she was in­ter­viewed with Karl. I think she wanted to be any­where but by his side.”


Nor­mally af­fa­ble and con­fi­dent, Karl looked like a fish out of wa­ter dur­ing his solo red car­pet ap­pear­ance, and many com­men­ta­tors noted the ten­sion be­tween him and Ge­orgie, who even rolled her eyes at him at one point.

Be­hind the scenes it was ev­ery bit as tense as Jas­mine pre­pared for her de­but, after Karl splashed out thou­sands of dol­lars for a team of de­sign­ers, hair and makeup artists and stylists to be flown to the Gold Coast to help her dress.

Yet she never made it onto the red car­pet, in­stead be­ing snuck through a back door straight to Karl’s ta­ble and hav­ing to rely on so­cial me­dia to show­case her gown, which gar­nered ac­co­lades from those peo­ple able to see it on In­sta­gram.

“Karl tried to hose down any sug­ges­tion Jas­mine was stopped walk­ing the red car­pet by Nine, say­ing on the night merely that it was too in­tense for her,” re­veals one TV star.

“I ac­tu­ally felt sorry for her. She went to more trou­ble than just about any­one else, even though she’s not on TV or even a celebrity, and then she had the rug ripped out from be­neath her. She must have been gut­ted.”


And it’s not the first time Jas­mine has been hu­mil­i­at­ingly banned from an im­por­tant event in Karl’s life – she was also un­in­vited to his brother Peter’s wed­ding to To­day news­reader Sylvia Jef­freys in April last year amid fears she would take at­ten­tion away from the bride.

But both Jas­mine, 34, and Karl, 43, put all the be­hind-the-scenes tur­moil be­hind them, and shared happy snaps with each other on so­cial me­dia. In one shot, for­mer model Jas­mine boasted, “My first Lo­gies with my poser.”

‘They en­sured no footage of Jas­mine went to air’

Jas­mine and her amaz­ing dress failed to get any air­time. WALKED THE RED CAR­PET ARPET WITH GEO GE­ORGIE Ge­orgie dis­tanced her­self from Karl when in­ter­viewed by So­nia Kruger. SNUCK JAS­MINE THROUGH THE SIDE

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