‘Karl who?’ Piers Morgan hijacks the Today show by taking Karl Stefanovic’s seat next to Allison Langdon and boasts of his ‘better accent’, ‘handsome’ looks and ratings success
And the first thing on the agenda for the outspoken British commentator was to stop by Channel Nine’s Today show to poke fun at his good mate Karl Stefanovic.
Viewers were surprised to see Morgan, 56, sitting in Stefanovic’s seat on the news desk on Friday alongside co-anchor Allison Langdon after a live weather cross with Tim Davies.
However, Nine bosses must have been seething to see the network’s flagship breakfast show promoting a rival network, Sky News Australia.
He may well have been personally invited by Stefanovic, who is a fan of Morgan’s.
Here comes trouble! Outspoken British commentator Piers Morgan (left) riled up Karl Stefanovic by taking his seat on the Today show alongside Allison Langdon (right) and boasting of his ‘handsome looks’, ‘better accent’ and ratings success
Morgan, who is the former editor-at-large of Daily Mail Australia, began by reading the weather, and he wasn’t impressed by the heavy rain Sydney.
‘G’day, Australia. Let’s start with the weather forecast. Contrary to everything that every Australian has ever told me about the weather in Sydney, it’s raining,’ he said.
‘And, in fact, it’s been raining every minute since I got to Australia and it’s going to rain every minute for the rest of the week I’m spending in Australia. It’s going to rain.’
Grimace: Morgan, 56, gently mocked his pal Stefanovic, 47, who was pretending to sulk on the couch nearby after the former GMB presenter took his seat next to Langdon
‘It’s been raining every minute since I got here’: Morgan, who is the former editor-at-large of Daily Mail Australia, said wasn’t impressed by the heavy rain Sydney
He then gently mocked his pal Stefanovic, 47, who was pretending to sulk on the couch nearby after Morgan took his seat next to Langdon.
‘But the good news for Ally is that she’s finally got someone next to her who is, handsome, younger, [has a] better accent and a proven track record of smashing ratings records on breakfast television,’ Morgan declared.
He added: ‘Karl who? That’s showbiz. [You] made the fatal strategic error of letting me sit in his chair. It just immediately feels natural.
‘You look happier. You look like you’ve come alive,’ he said to Langdon, who replied: ‘I didn’t know what joy was for the last two years.’
Stefanovic told Daily Mail Australia in February last year he would like to be more like Morgan, who was then making waves as the host of ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
‘I think Piers Morgan is a great broadcaster,’ he said. ‘He’s probably more alienating than I am these days.
‘I think I’m a little calmer but I do admire him for his energy. He doesn’t just go home, he goes home and he smashes Twitter and he’s doing articles.
‘I don’t have mental energy to continue to fight at home but I do it in my own way.
‘I do greatly admire his spunk and I think that if I had the energy maybe I’d try and be a bit more like him.
‘But I think there’s plenty of good in what he does and I like also that he makes people think.
‘He is just who he is and it’s very hard to be who you are, and I am who I am.’