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Today anchor Karl Stefanovic spotted at lunch with Sunrise star Natalie Barr in rare photo

Their respective breakfast shows are locked in a tight ratings tussle.

But apparently there’s no bad blood between Today’s Karl Stefanovic and Sunrise host Natalie Barr, with the pair spotted enjoying lunch together last week.

In a photo obtained by Daily Mail Australia, the 47-year-old Channel 9 star and his 53-year-old Sunrise foe were all smiles at a group function in Sydney. 

Ceasefire: Apparently there’s no ill will between Today’s Karl Stefanovic (far left) and Sunrise host Natalie Barr (far right), with the pair spotted enjoying lunch together last week

Karl and Natalie sat just feet from each other while the former happily threw up a peace sign for the camera.

The latter smiled too, while behind her stood fellow Seven News star Michael Usher. 

The gathering, hosted by Navarra CEO Sal Navarra, was to celebrate Sydney’s reopening following a prolonged Covid lockdown.

Not seen at the gathering was Natalie’s co-host David ‘Kochie’ Koch, who once famously boasted he wasn’t tight with Karl because he already has enough friends.

Awkward! It coincided with both Karl's and Natalie's breakfast shows trading ratings leads

Awkward! It coincided with both Karl’s and Natalie’s breakfast shows trading ratings leads

‘No, not at all,’ said Kochie, when asked if he hung out with his rival anchor during a 2020 New Idea interview. 

‘I’ve met Karl a number of times at industry functions, but I don’t need new friends.’ 

Last week’s ceasefire coincided with both Karl’s and Natalie’s breakfast shows trading ratings leads.

Nine’s Today last month overtook Sunrise in the ratings for the first time in three years, however the Seven flagship recently clawed back their advantage.

On Monday, Sunrise recorded 263,000 viewers, versus Today’s 216,000.   

Back on top: Nine's Today last month overtook Sunrise in the ratings for the first time in three years, however the Seven flagship recently clawed back their advantage

Back on top: Nine’s Today last month overtook Sunrise in the ratings for the first time in three years, however the Seven flagship recently clawed back their advantage

Earlier this month, Karl and his co-host Allison Langdon were believed to have renewed their contracts with Nine – with new salaries to reflect the show’s surge in popularity.

 The breakfast TV stars have reportedly secured deals worth $1.8million each after the program grew its audience to become competitive with Channel Seven’s Sunrise for the first time in years.

The one-year contract extensions will come into effect in 2022, according to Woman’s Day.

Reports both hosts are getting the same salary will no doubt rankle former Today co-anchor Lisa Wilkinson, who was sacked in 2017 after asking for pay parity with Stefanovic. 

Pay rise: Today hosts Karl and Allison Langdon (right) are believed to have renewed their contracts with Nine - with new salaries to reflect the show's surge in popularity

Pay rise: Today hosts Karl and Allison Langdon (right) are believed to have renewed their contracts with Nine – with new salaries to reflect the show’s surge in popularity

Stefanovic and Langdon, 42, were seen visiting accountant Anthony Bell’s home last week, prompting rumours they were there to renegotiate their contracts.

A network insider told Woman’s Day: ‘They’ve found their momentum and they want more money.’ 

‘They continue winning week after week in prime markets like Sydney. They’ve finally found their groove,’ the source added.

Big money: They have reportedly secured deals worth $1.8million each after the program grew its audience to become competitive with Channel Seven's Sunrise for the first time in years

Big money: They have reportedly secured deals worth $1.8million each after the program grew its audience to become competitive with Channel Seven’s Sunrise for the first time in years

‘They’ve timed it perfectly so they can leverage their ongoing ratings success. They asked for $1.8million each.’

Prior to their rumoured raise, Stefanovic was believed to be earning about $1.2million, while Langdon has almost doubled her salary. 

Channel Nine declined to comment.

Sticking around: The one-year contract extensions will reportedly come into effect in 2022

Sticking around: The one-year contract extensions will reportedly come into effect in 2022

It comes after Stefanovic’s highly publicised pay dispute with former co-host Wilkinson, who abruptly left the show in 2017.

The 61-year-old veteran TV host walked from the network after trying and failing to achieve pay parity with Stefanovic.

In her new autobiography, It Wasn’t Meant to Be Like This, Wilkinson detailed how Stefanovic had convinced her to approach the network for more money, explaining that if they weren’t given pay parity, they’d both quit.

Bad blood: Reports both hosts are getting the same salary will no doubt rankle former Today co-anchor Lisa Wilkinson, who was sacked in 2017 after asking for pay parity with Stefanovic

Bad blood: Reports both hosts are getting the same salary will no doubt rankle former Today co-anchor Lisa Wilkinson, who was sacked in 2017 after asking for pay parity with Stefanovic

She later discovered Stefanovic had signed a $2million deal with Nine amid rumours he was planning to move across to Channel Seven.

‘He had played both networks off against each other brilliantly and in full public view. There was no doubt about it: Karl certainly knew the art of the deal,’ she wrote in a book excerpt published by The Daily Telegraph.

According to Woman’s Day, however, Stefanovic has learnt from his past mistakes and now realises ‘his secret weapon to survival on the show is Ally’. 

Taking care of business: Stefanovic, 47, and Langdon, 42, were seen visiting accountant Anthony Bell's home last week, prompting rumours they were there to renegotiate their deals

Taking care of business: Stefanovic, 47, and Langdon, 42, were seen visiting accountant Anthony Bell’s home last week, prompting rumours they were there to renegotiate their deals


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