TWO years of prying paparazzi and lurid headlines in the wake of his marriage breakup, new love and âUbergateâ have taken their toll on Today host Karl Stefanovic.
The Channel 9 star and highest paid man on Australian television says he has â100 per centâ considered quitting his Today role as the controversy has continued.
âIâve been broken in the last two years, but you still have to come to work and do a breakfast show,â Stefanovic told TV Tonight.
But, he added: âThere are a lot more people in this world going through hardship than Karl Stefanovic.â
In a wide-ranging interview with the TV website, Stefanovic said while the interest in his private life was a reality for anyone in the public eye, he didnât understand why it was still regular fodder.
âOver the weekend I had four sets of paparazzi, and Iâve got my kids. I donât know why. Itâs complete bullsh*t. Why am I of interest? Iâm the worldâs most boring f***ing man,â he said.
âI go to work, I go home, I go for walks.â
He said the intense scrutiny makes âyou have to decide if you want to stick it out in the jobâ.
âIf youâre a politician or in the media you have to be ready to forgo privacy. And you canât complain, because it gets worse. You have to be prepared to give up most of your private life, because you canât do anything about it.â
Speaking from Melbourne as Today broadcasts for the week from the city where the breakfast show struggles for viewers against its rival Sunrise, Stefanovic also addressed recent reaction to some of his editorials, including two last week in which he rounded on Hugo Weaving and the Sunrise team for not planning to attend this Sundayâs Logies.
He said the editorials, which drew a stinging reaction from Sunrise host Samantha Armytage, were tongue-in-cheek.
âEveryone responded in a serious way,â Stefanovic said. âThey need to have a little sense of humour. It was just a piss-take.
âI donât mind a bit of a needle.â
â The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) June 19, 2018