Today’s Karl Stefanovic admits he was ‘upset’ after being snubbed by Nine for election coverage gig

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Today host Karl Stefanovic has acknowledged he felt snubbed by Channel Nine after his bid to host the network’s election night coverage was rejected.

Stefanovic, 47, and his breakfast TV co-anchor Allison Langdon had pitched themselves for the high-profile role, but Nine turned down their offer and instead chose newsreaders Peter Overton and Alicia Loxley.

Speaking to Sam Armytage’s Something to Talk About podcast on Wednesday, Stefanovic said he was ‘upset’ by the snub because he and Langdon, 43, had worked tirelessly interviewing the candidates throughout the election campaign.

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'I was upset': Today host Karl Stefanovic (left, with Allison Langdon) has acknowledged he felt snubbed by Nine after his bid to host the network's election night coverage was rejected

‘I was upset’: Today host Karl Stefanovic (left, with Allison Langdon) has acknowledged he felt snubbed by Nine after his bid to host the network’s election night coverage was rejected

‘I was upset that I didn’t host the election… It’s kind of like doing all the preliminary games for two years and then missing out on the Super Bowl,’ he told Armytage, the former co-host of Channel Seven’s Sunrise.

Rumours that Stefanovic and Langdon felt snubbed emerged earlier this month in The Australian’s Media Diary, but these reports were not confirmed until now. 

Explaining why he waited until after the election to address the issue, Stefanovic said: ‘It’s not something you need to articulate in a particularly public fashion.’

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Candid: Speaking to Sam Armytage's Something to Talk About podcast on Wednesday, Stefanovic said he was 'upset' by the snub because he and Langdon, 43, had worked tirelessly interviewing the candidates throughout the election campaign

Candid: Speaking to Sam Armytage’s Something to Talk About podcast on Wednesday, Stefanovic said he was ‘upset’ by the snub because he and Langdon, 43, had worked tirelessly interviewing the candidates throughout the election campaign

Options: Stefanovic and his Today co-anchor Allison Langdon had pitched themselves for the role, but Nine turned down their offer and instead chose newsreaders Peter Overton (pictured) and Alicia Loxley

New face: Loxley (pictured), who presents the afternoon news in Melbourne, stepped in to replace 2GB host Deborah Knight, who fronted Nine's 2019 election coverage with Overton

Options: Stefanovic and his Today co-anchor Allison Langdon had pitched themselves for the role, but Nine turned down their offer and instead chose newsreaders Peter Overton (left) and Alicia Loxley (right)

He added: ‘When you’ve been in broadcasting as long as I have, you’re going to get some gigs [but] you’re not going to get them all. You think about it for a while and you go, “Other people make those decisions. I’ll just stay at home and [brush it off].”‘

Despite being denied the opportunity to lead Nine’s election night broadcast, Stefanovic said he was ‘very proud’ of the way he and Langdon had covered the campaigns and polls in the weeks leading up to May 21.

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‘While I might be upset, you’ve got to put your big boy pants on and go to work the next day and get on with it,’ he said.

Admission: 'I was upset that I didn't host the election… It's kind of like doing all the preliminary games for two years and then missing out on the Super Bowl,' he told Armytage

Admission: ‘I was upset that I didn’t host the election… It’s kind of like doing all the preliminary games for two years and then missing out on the Super Bowl,’ he told Armytage 

Nine’s election coverage was hosted by Overton and Loxley, who led a panel of experts breaking down the numbers as Anthony Albanese’s Labor government triumphed in the voting booths.

The panel featured the likes of Julie Bishop, Bill Shorten, Jane Hume, Kate Ellis, Matt Canavan and Chris Uhlmann.

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Loxley, who presents the afternoon news in Melbourne, stepped in to replace 2GB host Deborah Knight, who fronted Nine’s 2019 election coverage with Overton. 

Qualified: On May 2 it was reported that Stefanovic and Langdon had 'made a pitch' to host the coverage, citing their experience interviewing politicians almost daily on the Today show

Qualified: On May 2 it was reported that Stefanovic and Langdon had ‘made a pitch’ to host the coverage, citing their experience interviewing politicians almost daily on the Today show

Proud: Despite being denied the opportunity to lead Nine's election night broadcast, Stefanovic said he was 'very proud' of the way he and Langdon had covered the polls in the lead-up. Pictured is Stefanovic interviewing former Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (right)

Proud: Despite being denied the opportunity to lead Nine’s election night broadcast, Stefanovic said he was ‘very proud’ of the way he and Langdon had covered the polls in the lead-up. Pictured is Stefanovic interviewing former Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (right) 

The broadcast ranked beneath ABC and Channel Seven in the ratings, bringing  in 397,000 viewers with an additional 384,000 tuning in for the vote count coverage. 

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On May 2 it was reported that Stefanovic and Langdon had ‘made a pitch’ to host the coverage, citing their experience interviewing politicians almost daily on the Today show. 

Their grillings of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Labor leader Anthony Albanese have frequently set the news agenda during the federal election campaign.

Tough questions: Their grillings of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Labor leader Anthony Albanese (pictured) have set the news agenda during the federal election campaign

Tough questions: Their grillings of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Labor leader Anthony Albanese (pictured) have frequently set the news agenda during the election campaign 

Nine's election coverage was hosted by Overton and Loxley, who led an expert panel to break down all the action as Anthony Albanese's Labor government triumphed in the voting booths. The all-star panel featured the likes of Julie Bishop (pictured)

Nine’s election coverage was hosted by Overton and Loxley, who led an expert panel to break down all the action as Anthony Albanese’s Labor government triumphed in the voting booths. The all-star panel featured the likes of Julie Bishop (pictured) 

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However, Nine decided Overton and Loxley were a safer bet, with a network source telling Media Diary: ‘We have an abundance of talent at the network who could have done a great job.’

It comes amid reports Stefanovic and Langdon have signed a lucrative new contracts at Nine, and are now each earning about $1.5million a year.

Speaking exclusively to Daily Mail Australia last week, a senior Nine source said the pair would remain hosts of the program, which was beaten in the ratings by ABC News Breakfast for one week this month. 

Cha-ching! It comes amid reports Stefanovic and Langdon have signed a lucrative new contracts at Nine, and are now each earning about $1.5million a year

Cha-ching! It comes amid reports Stefanovic and Langdon have signed a lucrative new contracts at Nine, and are now each earning about $1.5million a year 

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Langdon, who paired up with Stefanovic on Today in January 2020, signed a new multi-year contract last year and her co-host is contracted until well into 2023.

‘There’s no changes,’ the source told Daily Mail Australia of speculation anyone on the program would be replaced. ‘No one is going anywhere. It’s bulls**t.’

Stefanovic and Langdon meanwhile appeared on The Kyle and Jackie O Show last Wednesday to say they were not worried about Today dropping to third place behind the ABC and the Seven Network’s Sunrise earlier this month. 

The co-anchors said it was normal for breakfast television ratings to go up and down, and one bad week was no cause to panic. 

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Today’s five-city metro average viewing audience for the week commencing May 2 was 176,000. Sunrise, hosted by David Koch and Natalie Barr, pulled in 241,000 viewers followed by ABC News Breakfast with 195,000 viewers. 

Not worried: Stefanovic and Langdon meanwhile appeared on The Kyle and Jackie O Show last Wednesday to say they were not worried about Today dropping to third place behind the ABC and the Seven Network's Sunrise earlier this month

Not worried: Stefanovic and Langdon meanwhile appeared on The Kyle and Jackie O Show last Wednesday to say they were not worried about Today dropping to third place behind the ABC and the Seven Network’s Sunrise earlier this month

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