Today co-host Karl Stefanovic called out the Daily Mail on Friday morning after the latter published a story suggesting he had been drunk and settled in for a night at a caravan park with a female co-worker.
The article came with a photo showing Stefanovic at a caravan park with his Channel Nine colleague and a pack of alcohol. Its controversial headline read:
“Karl Stefanovic checks into humble caravan park with a Channel Nine colleague and 12 cans of pre-mixed rum, but girlfriend is nowhere to be seen.”
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) June 1, 2017
The 42-year-old presenter responded by delivering a three-minute monologue explaining his side.
“Fact: This was work. We were filming a story about our struggling prawn farmers,” he said. “The producer pictured on the website is a committed, talented, hard-working and totally professional young woman and not deserving of this cheap, lazy, sexist online slur.
“A young woman who spent the past hours in tears because of the hurtful and false way she’s been portrayed by this website.”
The colleague, Lauren Tomasi, tweeted out her support for his comments.
I’m so proud to work with this man, and I’m bloody proud of the story we shot in Yamba. This needed to be said. https://t.co/Uedn6fiI8i
— Lauren Tomasi (@LaurenTomasi) June 1, 2017
Stefanovic, who has been featured a lot on the Daily Mail and other similar outlets after splitting with his wife Cassandra Thornburn last year, also had some words for the tabloid’s quality of reporting.
“[The Daily Mail] is a news website, one which seeks to profit from criticising and publicly humiliating people, women especially,” he said. “This site specialises in shaming women – for how they look, for what they wear, for how much they weigh, for how much weight they’ve lost, for going to the beach.”
“This is the site that ridiculed Lisa [Wilkinson] for wearing the same blouse four months apart,” he added. “The same site that tried to shame Sunrise host Samantha Armytage for wearing so-called ‘granny pants’.”
Stefanovic ended his tirade by encouraging viewers to boycott the Daily Mail.
“If you agree with me, the best thing you can do is to never go to that website.”
Via The Guardian