The honeymooning former Today host Karl Stefanovic has claimed his Instagram account was “hacked”, following revelations he’d been caught “liking” online stories criticising Nine’s new breakfast show line-up.
Over night, Stefanovic told followers someone had gained access to his account and the matter was being now being investigated.
“Whilst I was out fishing my Instagram account has been hacked. I am investigating this with the authorities and will be back soon. Karlos,” he captioned a photo of himself on a boat in an unnamed destination.
As reported on B&T yesterday, Stefanovic had reportedly “liked” comments negative to Today and his newly announced replacement, Deborah Knight.
Some of the comments allegedly given Stefanovic’s tick of approval included: “I can’t wait until the ratings drop even lower and they realise it wasn’t you that was the problem after all.”
Another included: “Won’t be watching. Well, Miss Gardiner [sic] got her way. Pathetic, smile, agree and laugh. It’s all they do.”
Another comment Stefanovic’s account “liked” said: “The audience want answers.”
Stefanovic, of course, was spectacularly dumped from his hosting spot on Today just prior to Christmas, with poor ratings and an apparent “blokey” culture on the show to blame. Stefanovic’s Today colleagues Richard Wilkins and Tim Gilbert were also shown the door in the revamp.
However, in Stefanovic’s defence, Today’s ratings have been on the slide ever since Lisa Wikinson’s defection to 10 back in October 2017.
Stefanovic’s marriage break-up and his recent nuptials to Jasmine Yarbrough also said to have put him out of favour with female viewers. Although, admittedly, there’s little evidence to support that.
It’s still unclear what Nine’s plans are for the 44-year-old who is reportedly paid $3 million a year and has a year left to run on his contract.
With his Today gig over, he’s only slated to present This Time Next Year for 2019. However, media reports have suggested that Nine could try and “reinvent” their former golden boy and Gold Logie winner by giving him “serious” journalism assignments for programs such as its flagship current affairs program 60 Minutes or a possible US posting.