Karl Stefanovic has taken a jibe at his co-host Alison Langdon for leaving the Today Show to host A Current Affair.
Nine confirmed on Sunday that Langdon, 43, would be leaving her co-hosting role on Today to replace outgoing ACA host Tracey Grimshaw, 62.
Stefanovic, 48, wasted no time discussing the big news on Monday’s broadcast, opening the show by singing along to The Beach Boys song Kokomo: ‘When she goes to Ace, she’ll go out to sea!’
Alison Langdon Everyone, the new host of ‘A Current Affair,’ of course. Congratulations, Comrade,’ he announced, turning to Langdon.
‘I wasn’t sure what you would do this morning. I knew it would be something,’ Langdon smiled.
‘I spent the whole weekend working on that,’ Stefanovic joked, as Langdon thought: ‘I could tell. Your name was on the production value!’
Karl Stefanovic took a cheeky jibe at his co-host Alison Langdon on Monday for leaving the Today Show to host A Current Affair.
Stefanovic appeared surprised by her brusque response, replying: “That’s all the production value of the ‘Today’ show.” Is that why you have moved on?’
Blushing, Langdon assures Stefanovic: ‘I’m excited but bitter sweet to be leaving the morning team which is amazing.’
However, Stefanovic couldn’t resist taking another jibe at his co-host as he declared: ‘We’ve got a big week for you’ before turning to Langdon and pronouncing: ‘Don’t go anywhere like you Can’t do it anyway.’
60 Minutes reporter Sarah Abo (pictured) is set to replace Langdon as TODAY’s new co-host with Stefanovic
Langdon is officially leaving the Today Show to host A Current Affair in the new year following Tracy Grimshaw’s shock departure.
On Sunday, Channel Nine revealed that 60 Minutes reporter Sarah Abo would move to fill Langdon’s spot alongside Stefanovic as the new co-host of Today.
‘I’m thrilled to join the amazing and hard-working team at TODAY, who have a ton of fun while keeping the nation informed every morning,’ Sarah, 35, said in a press release.
Langdon is officially leaving the Today Show to host A Current Affair in the New Year after Tracy Grimshaw shocked
“I have been incredibly fortunate to work on 60 Minutes with some of the best journalists in the country and travel the country and the world to bring stories to Australian audiences,” she added.
‘It has been an absolute privilege to meet so many inspiring people and help tell their stories. I can’t wait to put everything I’ve learned from those amazing experiences into my new role today.
‘The 3am alarm will be an adjustment, but I’m looking forward to keeping Karl on his toes. I know Allie will be successful going into the ACA and I can’t wait to see her in the chair.
Recently filling in for Alison several times, Sarah has become a familiar face on the top-rated breakfast program. Pictures with Karl Stefanovic
She will join the TODAY show team of Karl Stefanovic, Alex Cullen, Brooke Bonnie and Tim Davis on Monday, January 16, 2023.
Recently filling in for Alison several times, Sarah has become a familiar face on the top-rated breakfast program.
Stefanovic said that while he will “miss” his former co-star Langdon, he is looking forward to working with Abo.
‘Ellie has been extraordinary over the past three years,’ he said in a press release on Sunday.
Sarah, 35, said on Sunday: “I’m thrilled to join the amazing and hard-working team at TODAY, who have a ton of fun while keeping the nation informed every morning.”
‘Battle some difficult personal physical constraints to broadcast in the country during really difficult times. He is an incredible broadcaster and I will miss working with him. I won’t miss her dancing though,’ he joked.
‘Luckily, Sara is a talented dancer and singer. More importantly, he is a brilliant interviewer and has the most wicked sense of humor. I can’t wait for the country to see all those amazing qualities in breakfast every day.’
Nine’s director of morning television, Steven Burling, called Abo’s appointment ‘a massive coup for today’.
Adding: ‘Sarah has been excellent in the TODAY hosting chair over the last 12 months while filling in for Elle.
Stefanovic Says While He’ll ‘Miss’ Langdon, He’s Excited To Work With Abo
‘Sarah’s reputation before her; She’s a compelling interviewer and reporter, as we’ve seen, not only on 60 Minutes, but also during her time at SBS and Ten.
“Professionally, she is at the top of her game and just as importantly, Sarah is an amazing individual who will help drive TODAY to continued success in 2023. We are very excited to have Sarah as part of our team. Lucky.”
Sarah began her career at Network Ten, spending two years in the Adelaide newsroom before moving back to Melbourne, and joining SBS in 2013 as a reporter and presenter.
She has covered major international events including the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, the 2016 US presidential election and the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, and the 2017–18 refugee crisis in Lebanon, Turkey and Greece.
Since joining 60 Minutes in 2019, Sarah has covered major investigations and interviewed former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair
Since joining 60 Minutes in 2019, Sarah has covered major investigations and interviewed former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, and climate activist Greta Thunberg, Ukrainian First Lady Olena Volodymyrovna Zelenska, and has obtained an Australian-first interview with one of them. Suhail Shaheen, the most powerful leader of the Taliban.
Sarah was born in Damascus, Syria and moved to Australia with her family when she was four years old.
A Melbournian at heart, Sarah will be based out of Sydney for the TODAY show.
Langdon will step into the coveted role on A Current Affair in the new year, following the departure of long-time host Tracey Grimshaw in September.
Langdon will step into the coveted role on A Current Affair in the New Year, after long-time host Tracey Grimshaw (pictured) stepped down in September.