Georgie Gardner, Chris Bath and Sylvia Jeffreys have all been rumoured as options to replace former Today show’s Lisa Wilkinson after the veteran host announced he shock departure from the panel on Monday.
And now PR queen Roxy Jacenko has joked she will be joining Today’s Karl Stefanovic from Wednesday this week as Lisa’s replacement.
The blonde bombshell, 37, posed with good friend Karl on Instagram, announcing: ‘Look forward to waking up with you tomorrow @thetodayshow.’
I wake up with… Roxy? Fans go into MELTDOWN as PR queen Roxy Jacenko hints she’ll replace Lisa Wilkinson alongside Karl Stefanovic on Channel Nine’s the Today show
No longer waking up with Today! After being a prominent personality on the breakfast panel for more than a decade, Lisa Wilkinson announced her departure from Channel Nine on Monday
Roxy’s image was clearly edited, with her head super-imposed in the place of Lisa’s as she sat next to Karl on the breakfast panel.
While they are two of the most famous figures in Australian media, the duo have not collaborated on a shared television initiative before and it was clear the Roxy was having a laugh.
Roxy, who owns her own publicist firm Sweaty Betty, often seeks the help of Karl to MC events for her clients, including a recent Ladies Lunch function.
‘Look forward to waking up with you tomorrow’: PR queen Roxy joked she will be joining Today’s Karl Stefanovic from Wednesday this week as Lisa’s replacement
Time to celebrate? Words of praise and congratulations from her 198k followers, including close friends and colleagues, began to flood the comment section of the Sydney socialite
Words of praise and congratulations from her 198k followers began to flood the comment section, as fans pledged alliance to tuning in more often if she fronted the popular panel.
‘Omg I don’t watch the show but definitely will be now’, ‘Yes pleaaaaase!! You and Karl would be hysterical!!’ and ‘If she’s replacing Lisa I’m watching everyday’ the gushing fans said.
However, some users were in on the joke, writing: ‘Surely not’, ‘I hope she isn’t joking’ and ‘is this real?’, while another also joked ‘They couldn’t afford you!’
‘If she’s replacing Lisa I’m watching everyday’: Fans pledged alliance to tuning in more often if she were to front the popular panel alongside her good friend Karl
‘The deal didn’t come easy but it was worth it in the end!!proud of you!’ Playing along with her elaborate joke, Roxy’s Sweaty Betty employees made their views known
Playing along with her elaborate gag, Roxy’s Sweaty Betty employees made their views known.
Publicist Grace Garrick wrote ‘A dream come true @roxyjacenko’, publicist Gemma Oldfield commented ‘congrats xx’ while graphic designer Daniel Goldstein said: ‘Can’t wait to see you!’
Holly V Brooke also added: ‘CONGRATS!!! The deal didn’t come easy but it was worth it in the end!! #wakeupwithroxyeverday proud of you!’
Other employees Holly Asser and Anthea Floudas also used the hashtags ‘#iwakeupwithtoday’ and ‘#iwakeupwithrj’.
Roxy responded to Anthea, who also wrote a separate ‘you will kill it!!’ message, with a cheeky reply littered with wink emojis: ‘@antheafloudas you wouldn’t be the first.’
While Roxy tagged both Karl and the Today show in the edited photo, both accounts have yet to interact with the post via the liking or commenting functions.
New role! Lisa will join the likes of hosts Carrie Bickmore, Waleed Aly and Peter Helliar on the popular current affairs show in January 2018
Lisa made the announcement of her resignation via Twitter on Monday night, revealing her decade of service on the Today show had come to an abrupt end.
Lisa will join the likes of hosts Carrie, Waleed Aly and Peter Helliar on the popular current affairs show in January 2018.
It’s yet to be confirmed who will permanently replace Lisa on the Today show panel, with Deborah Knight appearing to fill-in on Tuesday.
Changing face of Today: Lisa appears to have been temporarily replaced by Deborah Knight in the interim of an official and more permanent replacement