Karl Stefanovic was left completely stunned on Wednesday morning after journalist Jess Millward announced she was pregnant live on air. Jess was reporting from a theme park on the Gold Coast when she revealed she is expecting her first child.
The 30-year-old, who tied the knot with Channel 7 reporter Joel Dry in Langhorne Creek in February 2018, said she wanted to go on a ride but couldn’t because of her “condition”.
“I’m a thrill seeker from way back, a real badass if you can say that on TV,” she said. “I was all ready to go on the rides yesterday, super excited, cameraman ready to go, and then I remembered I have a certain condition at the moment, so I can’t really.”
A confused Karl then asked about her condition, saying: “What’s your condition? I don’t know anything about that.”
Co-host Allison Langdon chimed in telling Karl that he did know and that it was a “good condition”.
Jess then gave Karl a further clue, adding, “For the next five months, I’m banned from going on theme park rides,” before Allison jumped in and confirmed, “She’s having a baby! He’s been under a rock Jess.”
Karl replied: “Congratulations, Jess. Oh my goodness. I had a bit of time off, not under a rock… That is fantastic. No wonder she can’t go on that ride.”
It’s been a busy few months for Karl, who became a dad for the fourth time last month, as his wife, Jasmine Yarbrough, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. The couple shared their happy news via the Today show, as Karl’s colleague and friend Richard Wilkins revealed that Harper entered the world just after midday on Friday weighing 2.9kg.
“Harper and Jasmine are doing well and dad had a great night’s sleep,” Karl told Today at the time. “I am in awe. Harper is absolutely perfect.”
Harper is Karl and Jasmine’s first child together but marks Karl’s fourth child. He shares his three eldest kids Jackson, 20, Ava, 14 and River, 12, with ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn.