Brenton Ragless may have dodged a bullet by not being formally offered the Today show gig, if a recent incident is anything to go by.
While hosting over summer, his car was followed by two paparazzi, prompting him to pull over and address them.
“He was wired up with cameras galore, microphones and everything… I said, ‘G’day mate, I’m Brenton, how are you going? I know what you’re doing. I realise you need to do what you need to do. I’m happy for you to take photos of me, but if we can leave it at that that’ll be great,” he told 5AA.
“He said you go and grab a coffee in a café and we’ll leave it at that.”
Ragless indicated he was fine with Nine not formally offering him the role vacated by Karl Stefanovic.
“I expressed my thoughts about the whole thing but there was no formal offer. There’s never actually been any formal offer,” he explained.
“The choice was not mine to make and I’m grateful for that.
“Naturally we did consider — this would be beneficial, but I’ve always said money isn’t everything. For the peace and the comfort, the life balance and the things that we’re afforded here in Adelaide, South Australia… this is from my heart, we were quite comfortable if they came back and said thanks but no thanks… which they did.
“It’s been very challenging. It’s not something I would like to go through again… from a personal roller coaster of a ride it’s something that has been challenging and I wouldn’t say was fun.”
The new-look Today show will launch on Monday from the Australian Open tennis with Georgie Gardner, Deborah Knight and Tom Steinfort plus Tony Jones, Ross Greenwood and Brooke Boney.
Nine is yet to confirm its 2019 weather presenter.
The changes will see Deb Knight cease weekend Nine News in Sydney while Steinfort is understood to be filing occasional reports for 60 Minutes.
Tony Jones faces some very long days ahead remaining as Sports presenter for Nine News Melbourne. Jones will present Sport on Today from Melbourne on Mondays & Fridays. Today will read sport from their Sydney desk on Tuesday – Thursdays with Jones stepping in for big AFL news.