BRINGING up Ubers in front of a Stefanovic on live TV was always going to make for an awkward moment.
Thatâ€™s exactly how it went this morning on the Today show, when radio host Neil Mitchell appeared on Nineâ€™s breakfast program for the daily news chat segment and poked fun at the infamous Ubergate scandal involving Karl and Peter Stefanovic.
Earlier this year, the brothers were forced to publicly apologise to their co-workers and Nine bosses after Peterâ€™s Uber driver overheard their private phone call and sold the story to a tabloid magazine.
This morning, Neil and Karl were discussing UberPool, a new service designed to help co-workers commute to work together, when the Today host declared it would never work because people would â€śend up killing each other.â€ť
â€śThey will â€” just imagine you after a quiet lunch,â€ť Neil began, before Karl quickly jumped in: â€śDonâ€™t imagine too much.â€ť
â€śAnd in an Uber with six other people, chatting happily â€” you couldnâ€™t make phone calls â€¦ You couldnâ€™t ring your brother and have a chat,â€ť the 3AW host deadpanned.
â€śExactly. Nothing. Canâ€™t be trusted,â€ť Karl responded, adding that he also didnâ€™t want to cram in to one car with all his colleagues â€” a sore point, given reports of behind-the-scenes tension.
â€śThereâ€™s no way I want to go in a little car with six other people that you work with â€¦ Imagine that. Iâ€™d go with Dickie, thatâ€™s it.â€ť
The private phone call in March was reportedly heard by an Uber driver while Peter and his wife, Today newsreader Sylvia Jeffreys, were in the back of his car late at night, speaking to his brother and fellow Nine Network celebrity Karl on speakerphone.
According to the driver, Karl vented his frustration at new Today co-host Gardner, who he accused of â€śsitting on the fenceâ€ť and not having enough opinions. The driver told New Idea magazine that Karl became angry as he declared that she needed to â€śstep upâ€ť if she â€śwanted to stay on the show.â€ť
Within the article, it was also claimed that Karl complained that entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins was monopolising that space, and â€śkept all the entertainment contacts close to his chest.â€ť
During the trip, Peter complained at length that he â€śhated his jobâ€ť and would often express his frustrations to Jeffreys, claimed the driver. He also reportedly told Karl it was â€śsucking the life out of him.â€ť