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Today: Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon secure a $1.8million pay deal

Today hosts Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon ‘secure matching $1.8million deals with Nine’ after the breakfast show’s ratings surge


Today hosts Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon are 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 famously quit the show in 2017 because she wasn’t earning as much as Stefanovic. 

Pay rise: Today hosts Karl Stefanovic (left) 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, 47, 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 (right), who famously quit the show in 2017 because she wasn't earning as much as Stefanovic

Bad blood: Reports both hosts are getting the same salary will no doubt rankle former Today co-anchor Lisa Wilkinson (right), who famously quit the show in 2017 because she wasn’t earning as much as 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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