Today show star Karl Stefanovic has shocked viewers by walking off the set after only 40 minutes on the air on Friday.

But Karl had a good reason for leaving so soon, the 44-year-old explained he was feeling ill and joked about giving co-host Georgie Gardner a ‘sick note’ before he left.

Karl had been coughing and sounding unwell since the the start of the show at 5:30am before going home at around 6:10am.

After a weather update from Natalia Cooper, Georgie said: ‘You’ve presented me with a sick note a little earlier, and I’ve a good read, and I think I might give you permission to go home.’

Karl replied; ‘Ah, thanks… I don’t feel very well,’

‘And we don’t really care to share your germs!’ added Georgie

Newsreader Deborah Knight, 45, suggested: ‘Go to bed, for goodness sake!’


Georgie then patted Karl on the back and told him to ‘pull up stumps and go home and get to bed.’

At that point, he left the desk and walked off set with a box of tissues.

Hope you are feeling better soon Karl!

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