KARL’S WEEK FROM HELL

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As Aus­tralia wakes up with the new To­day line-up – with co-hosts Ge­orgie Gard­ner, Deb­o­rah Knight and news­reader Tom Ste­in­fort – for the first time this week, the break­fast pro­gram’s for­mer lead­ing man, Karl Ste­fanovic, is slowly com­ing to terms with his new life.

Karl was dumped from the cov­eted role he held for 14 years at the end of last year, and is do­ing just about any­thing to keep him­self busy.

Sport­ing jeans and a ca­sual jumper, the 44-year-old is said to be rel­ish­ing his new-found free­dom and sleep-ins. He was re­cently spot­ted at The Buena, a pub in Syd­ney’s af­flu­ent har­bour­side sub­urb of Mos­man, where he was seen hav­ing a few drinks and play­ing the poker ma­chines.

“It was a beau­ti­ful sunny day out­side but Karl was the only per­son in the pokie room and he was play­ing alone,” re­ports an on­looker.

Ac­cord­ing to an in­dus­try in­sider, Karl’s solo out­ing came just days af­ter the father-of-three met with Chan­nel Nine bosses fol­low­ing his most re­cent social me­dia scan­dal.

The new­ly­wed had ap­par­ently thrown his sup­port be­hind his In­sta­gram fol­low­ers who ex­pressed their dis­taste over the new line-up of the trou­bled break­fast show, by lik­ing their posts.

“The ‘lik­ing’ of the posts was crit­i­cal of the net­work,” says the in­sider, adding that Karl had been in­structed not to use social me­dia on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions by man­age­ment in a bid to help him re­build his rep­u­ta­tion, which be­gan spi­ralling out of con­trol when he split from his ex-wife Cas­san­dra Thor­burn in 2016.

Af­ter their break-up, Karl then went on to re­veal his ro­mance with much-younger shoe de­signer Jas­mine Yar­bor­ough, 34, and the cou­ple wed in what’s been de­scribed as an over-the-top af­fair in Mex­ico on Dec. 8 last year.

Wear­ing a black-and-white cap and walk­ing with his head down, Karl tried his best to go incog­nito as he and Jas­mine boarded a flight from Syd­ney bound for Noosa, Queens­land, last week af­ter at­tend­ing the meet­ing at Nine head­quar­ters.

New Idea un­der­stands Karl had been hol­i­day­ing in the Sun­shine State with Jas­mine’s fam­ily when he re­ceived a call de­mand­ing he re­turn to Syd­ney to face the mu­sic – yet again.

And while Karl in­sists his In­sta­gram ac­count was hacked while he was out fish­ing, and that he has re­ported the in­ci­dent to au­thor­i­ties, a po­lice spokesper­son has told New Idea no com­plaint was ever made to them and there­fore an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is not un­der way.

“WHO COULD HAVE DREAMED THAT WALK­ING OUT ON CASS THAT DAY WOULD END LIKE THIS?”

“The NSW po­lice force has not re­ceived a com­plaint re­gard­ing this mat­ter,” a me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tive con­firmed.

“As soon as Karl got the call, he knew he was prob­a­bly go­ing to be in trou­ble and he was con­cerned bosses would use this op­por­tu­nity to get rid of him once and for all,” says the in­sider.

At the time of Karl’s de­par­ture from To­day, the net­work said he would stay on as host of its re­al­ity show, This Time Next Year.

Af­ter the “ur­gent” meet­ing, Karl and Jas­mine wasted no time stick­ing around and were seen board­ing a Jet­star flight back to Queens­land.

Despite the events of the morn­ing, and keen to con­tinue his hol­i­day, Karl headed to the Alexan­dra Head­land Surf Life Sav­ing Club for the rest of the af­ter­noon.

“He was there for sev­eral hours,” says an on­looker, adding staff at the club had been in­formed Karl was on his way and gave him the VIP treat­ment.

“He was picked up at the air­port by a friend. Staff waited for him out­side and ush­ered him through like a celebrity.”

Mean­while, it’s be­lieved Karl has been left gob­s­macked by the way his life has changed in a mat­ter of years, and is dis­ap­pointed by the way he has been treated since leav­ing Cass, with whom he shares three chil­dren, Jack­son, 19, Ava, 13, and River, 12.

“Who could have dreamed that walk­ing out on Cass that day would end like this,” adds the in­sider.

IS THE FOR­MER HOST STRUG­GLING TO AD­JUST TO­DAY TO LIFE AF­TER

New­ly­weds Karl and Jas­mine (pic­tured at Bris­bane Air­port) were forced to in­ter­rupt their hol­i­day af­ter Karl’s lat­est social me­dia scan­dal, which he de­nies any in­volve­ment in. “Whilst out fish­ing my In­sta­gram ac­count was hacked. I am in­ves­ti­gat­ing this with au­thor­i­ties and will be back soon,” Karl re­sponded.

A som­brelook­ing Karl was seen play­ing the pok­ies alone at a Syd­ney pub.

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