Karl Stefanovic has ruled himself out of the race to succeed his former mentor Tracy Grimshaw on A Current Affair.
The Today host was one of many names touted for ‘TV’s most coveted job’ after Grimshaw announced she was quitting after 17 years on the job.
But Stefanovic, 48, has indicated he is not interested in the role of primetime presenter, according to TV Tonight.
Karl Stefanovic has dropped himself from the race to succeed his former mentor Tracy Grimshaw on A Current Affair
Grimshaw shared the news with viewers that she was leaving the show during Monday’s episode of the popular show Nine Network
Grimshaw announced she was retiring from the show on Monday night, saying she was “a little tired” after “working shifts” for 26 years.
Stefanovic shared a heartfelt tribute on Grimshaw Tuesday’s Today show.
“She has worked shifts for 26 years, starting with the first wake-up calls for the Today show. She was a host for nine years before becoming the presenter of A Current Affair in 2006,” he began.
Stefanovic, 48, has indicated he is not interested in the role of prime time presenter, according to TV Tonight
“His final shift will be in November behind this iconic desk. Tracy Grimshaw, you deserve to rest, Stefanovic added with a smile.
He also credited Grimshaw for taking him under his wing in 2005 when he joined the Today show as co-anchor.
‘What a legend. I started this show with her 18 years ago,’ he recalled, prompting replacement host Sarah Abo to jokingly ask, ‘When do you announce that time is up for you?’
Deborah Knight (left) and Georgie Gardner (right) are among the favorites who could replace Grimshaw as host of A Current Affair
Today entertainment journalist Brooke Boney, 35, is also tipped to be a favorite
“I have 18 more to go, just attacking the day,” Stefanovic said, before again congratulating Grimshaw.
“I had the great fortune to work with her for a year and she was exceptional. I learned so much that year,” he said.
Stefanovic also made it clear that he had no idea Grimshaw was going to give up and was just as shocked as the rest of Australia.
Nine insiders told The Daily Telegraph the network “will not be rushing to fill the role as it is ‘one of the most coveted positions’ in the network”.
Leila McKinnon, 49, who also hosted ACA, also reportedly threw her hat in the ring
Deborah Knight, Georgie Gardner, Brooke Boney and Sylvia Jeffreys are among the favorites.
Knight, 49, currently hosts A Current Affair on Friday and Saturday – and was previously host of Today and Nine News Sydney. She also replaced Steve Price as host on 2GB in January.
Georgie Gardner, 52, is also in the running. The Sydney-born anchor is a weekend presenter on Nine News Sydney and previously hosted Today.
Today, entertainment journalist Brooke Boney, 35, and Today Extra co-host Sylvia Jeffreys are also among the names announced to replace Grimshaw.
Former Sunrise co-host Sam Armytage, 46, who quit the show in March to spend more time with his family, has also been named as a possible replacement.
Meanwhile Leila McKinnon, 49, who also hosted ACA, is also said to have thrown her hat in the ring.
Today Extra co-host Sylvia Jeffreys could also replace Grimshaw