She’s been open about her anger at giving up her career to support her ex-husband Karl Stefanovic throughout their marriage, but Cassandra Thorburn is reportedly set for a fabulous comeback of her own.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Thorburn will compete in the new season of Dancing with the Stars when Channel 10 revives the show next year.
The publication says the network is keen to capitalise on the publicity that’s surrounded the former reporter since she announced her split from Today host Stefanovic in 2016.
Neither Channel 10 nor Thorburn have confirmed the rumours.
Channel 10 announced it was reviving the show in November, with Grant Denyer and Amanda Keller to host the star-studded series that puts celebrities through their paces with a challenging new dance routine every week.
Past competitors include Pauline Hanson, Chris Hemsworth, Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Johnny Ruffo, who took home the winner’s trophy in 2012.
The show originally aired on Channel Seven for 15 successful seasons before being shelved in 2015 when former weather girl Emma Freedman won the final series.
The American version of the show, now in its 26th season, airs on CBS, the major US network that now owns Channel Ten in Australia.
If the reports are true, the intensive competition will be Thorburn’s biggest foray into the spotlight since her divorce from Stefanovic.
After announcing their split, the former journalist made it clear that she had sacrificed her own career in the industry so that her husband could succeed. She’s since ventured into a new career as children’s book author and released Leo Lion’s Big Bed with all profits from the book sales going towards charity and counselling service Relationships Australia, an organisation particularly close to her heart after her own heartbreak.
She’s also spoken publicly about her fractured relationship with Stefanovic, who is set to marry is new partner Jasmine Yarbrough in Mexico this week, and told Australian Women’s Weekly in August that the pair no longer see eye to eye.
“Last year, I declared that Karl really was dead to me, a man I no longer know, but the children still have their father,” she told the magazine. “The flip-side of that is I feel like we’re dead to his family and almost anyone from our old life. There has been practically no contact. I feel like we’ve been discarded and disposed of.”