Sylvia Jeffreys is the latest to be culled from the Today show revamp, but will remain with Nine on projects yet to be announced.
In a statement she said, “I’ve loved and embraced every minute of my Today show chapter and feel humbled to have worked with so many passionate people — hosts, studio crew, cameramen and producers — who have become my great mates. There are few shows that are fortunate to have such an engaged audience, and I thank our viewers for inviting me into their homes day after day.
“I’m thrilled to sink my teeth into a brand new project. Opportunity often knocks when you least expect it and I’m ready to dive right in to what’s ahead of me.”
She joined Today four years ago. Her departure follows rumours she would be culled, confirmed just days after the exit of husband Peter Stefanovic and brother-in-law Karl. Richard Wilkins will also focus on Today Extra.
“Sylvia is one of Nine’s hardest-working, most talented and passionate journalists,” Nine’s director of news and current affairs, Darren Wick, said. “After a humble start as a junior in our Brisbane newsroom many years ago, her tireless work ethic propelled her through the reporting ranks to become the national face of 9News with the Today show.
“She’s also become an agenda-setter and a leading voice for women with her commentary on Today and 9Honey,” Wick added.
“Sylvia has done a great job on Today, and while the team there will miss her, she’s about to embark on an exciting new challenge. Watch this space in 2019.”
Meanwhile in the midst of a plethora of Karl stories and speculation, Georgie Gardner has sent him a message on Instagram:
“A very tough week, a challenging year. Huge congratulations @karlstefanovic_ for a 14 yr tenure hosting one of TV’s most demanding gigs. You brought a new brand, straddling the serious stories along with endless laughs (see YouTube!) You taught me plenty, it was never boring. X”
Sports presenter Tim Gilbert, another who is rumoured to be culled, has also tweeted:
He is expected to host for the next three weeks.