To­day’s new dawn just a bit yes­ter­day

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Drugs Scourge - LY­DIA PEDRANA

SAME-same, but dif­fer­ent — there seemed some­thing a lit­tle bit yes­ter­day about To­day when the “new-look” show launched on Mon­day morn­ing.

Deb Knight and Ge­orgie Gard­ner (pic­tured) helmed, flanked by new news­reader Tom Ste­in­fort, en­ter­tain­ment re­porter Brooke Boney and sports re­porter Tony Jones.

Gard­ner took the lead at 5.30am, in­tro­duc­ing view­ers to the new panel, with sev­eral of them pref­ac­ing any stuff-ups with “first day of school” nerves. And de­spite be­ing dumped for for­mer Triple J news­reader Boney, Richard Wilkins made a bizarre ap­pear­ance just after 8am in an awk­ward in­ter­view with ac­tor Luke Bracey. Mean­while, ra­dio­trained Boney was still find­ing her TV feet, look­ing around aim­lessly as if no one had told her which cam­era to look at.

And while Nine has been spruik­ing its new-look break­fast show for weeks, it was only the on-screen graph­ics that looked as if they’d been up­dated.

It seems view­ers aren’t fans of the new line-up ei­ther.

One per­son wrote on the show’s Face­book page: “Sorry to say but the ‘New To­day’ pro­gram with its new blend of hosts hon­estly is as bor­ing as watch­ing the paint dry.”

An­other said: “Have been watch­ing To­day show for­ever. Sorry no more — off to Seven — Sun­rise. Po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness is crap.”

And there were also calls to bring back Karl, with one viewer com­ment­ing: “Watched To­day for over ten years, not any more. Bring back Karl. He could be silly, child­ish, even quite an­noy­ing some­times but he made it fun … so bor­ing without him.” An­other said she had switched to Sun­rise be­cause “The To­day show just isn’t the same without Karl and the To­day show fam­ily.”

Karl Ste­fanovic still has for­mer for­eign min­is­ter Julie Bishop in his cor­ner. After his un­cer­e­mo­ni­ous dump­ing from host­ing du­ties on Nine’s To­day break­fast show days after his wed­ding in De­cem­ber, the se­nior Lib­eral politi­cian told Con­fi­den­tial she is in reg­u­lar con­tact with the tele­vi­sion host.

“Karl and I keep in touch, he is go­ing well,” Bishop told Con­fi­den­tial at the Crown and IMG pre Aus­tralian Open ten­nis party on Sun­day in Mel­bourne (pic­tured be­low with part­ner David Pan­ton).

“He has just mar­ried a beau­ti­ful girl and he is won­der­fully happy.”

Bishop was a guest at Ste­fanovic’s wed­ding to fash­ion de­signer part­ner Jas­mine Yar­brough in Mex­ico.

Nine sacked Ste­fanovic while he was on his hon­ey­moon and also dumped Richard Wilkins, Sylvia Jef­freys and Tim Gil­more. “I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing Karl on TV in the fu­ture,” Bishop said. Mean­while Bishop has been be­mused by re­cent sto­ries on her ex­pen­sive shoes, par­tic­u­larly a pair of $1700 Saint Lau­rent pumps. “I bought them in Dubai, where one buys shoes when you are sit­ting around wait­ing in tran­sit for a flight,” she said.

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