Karl Stefanovic and Georgie Gardner showed their softer sides as they both broke down in tears on air on Friday as they watched a moving video on screen.
The Today show hosts were forced to reach for tissues as they watched a group of dads dance with their toddler-age daughters to slow music, reminding Karl of his own children when they were that age.
“They grow up so fast, it’s beautiful – those tiny little things” he said to his co-host as he became visibly upset watching the footage, while Georgie looked at him in shock and said: “You’re tearing up as well! We’re hopeless.”
Karl added: “That’s just got me.”
The segment was focusing on the Tiny Tutus dance program’s ‘Daddy Daughter Dance’, aiming to bring fathers and daughters together to learn ballet and dance.
The website states: “Spending time together at rehearsals and working through the simple choreography is honestly beautiful.
“The memories you’ll share of your ‘in class’ moments will be as significant as performing the actual dance on stage at recital. The Tiny Tutus Daddy Daughter Dance is about you and your little ballerina. It’s about a Daddy and his little girl sharing a unique, important and very precious moment.”
The footage no doubt reminded Karl of his own children, Jackson, 18, Ava, 13, and River, 11, who he has with his ex wife Cassandra Thorburn.
The pair have had a tough few months following their divorce. The Today show host, 44, split with Thorburn, 44, in 2016 after 21 years of marriage and months later started a new relationship with younger fashion designer and model Jasmine Yarbrough.
He recently spoke out about his love of his kids in an exclusive interview to the Daily Telegraph‘s Sunday Confidential, revealing he had chosen to remain silent on his former wife to protect his children from further scrutiny.
Calling his children “the most beautify, funny, innocent, exquisite people in my life”, Stefanovic said that he didn’t want his silence “or the fact that my children aren’t visibly front and centre with me for everyone to see, to be misinterpreted as absence”.
“I’m their dad and I’m not going anywhere,” he added.