Karl Stefanovic has candidly opened up about his axing from the Today show and messy divorce, surprisingly admitting while they came with a heap of heartache, they also changed him for the better.
In a chat on KIIS 101.1’s Jase & PJ on Friday, the popular reporter, 44, who was dumped from the morning program at the end of last year in a massive panel reshuffle, spoke openly about his feelings towards the negative attention surrounding his personal life.
“It’s made me more empathetic,” the father-of-three revealed. “I’m more present, I listen and I’m much more in touch with other people’s emotions.”
He continued: “But I guess that’s just the process of going through some things. More people out there have gone through more than what I have.”
Stefanovic officially left the Channel 9 show before his wedding to shoe designer Jasmine Yarbrough in December, with Deborah Knight replacing him alongside his former co-host Georgie Gardner.
While the former reporter has been largely out of the spotlight, Stefanovic is expected to return to TV as the host of This Time Next Year within the next few months.
“[It’s] really amazing… some of the things that people do are quite incredible,” he said of his new show.
“I dive into their lives really quickly. I do feel part of it, I feel nervous when they come back next year. I’m genuinely involved.”
Meanwhile, it comes just one month after the former presenter opened up for the first time about his axing from the Today show, claiming in a post Logies interview that he was “struggling” towards the end of last year and wasn’t at his best.
In the chat with several news reporters at a Logies brunch last month, Stefanovic said he desperately needed a rest from the spotlight before the shock sacking – claiming he was “cooked”, news.com.au reported at the time.
Despite the public’s surprise over his departure from his hosting duties with Today, Stefanovic explained it wasn’t much of a shock for him and it had been something he’d been expecting.
The father-of-three said it was actually a “relief” to step back from the spotlight, admitting he wasn’t in the right headspace to be in such a top role with the program at that time. In fact, he claimed you needed to be at “the top of your game” to be in that position – which he wasn’t.