TV and Showbiz / 02-12-2019

Deborah Knight and Georgie Gardner absent from the Today show Christmas party picture

Deborah Knight and Georgie Gardner did not attend the Today show's Christmas party at Altum Restaurant in Milsons Point, Sydney, on Saturday. 

Despite hosting the program for most of 2019, the recently-sacked pair were nowhere to be seen as more than 40 staff members - including on-air talent - posed for a group photo.

When asked to confirm whether or not Deborah and Georgie had attended, a Nine spokesperson declined to comment and said it was a 'private event'. 

Deborah Knight and Georgie Gardner absent from the Today show Christmas party picture

No-show: Deborah Knight (left) and Georgie Gardner (right) did not attend the Today show's Christmas party at Altum Restaurant in Milsons Point, Sydney, on Saturday 

In the picture, newsreader Tom Steinfort and entertainment reporter Brooke Boney smiled alongside their behind-the-scenes colleagues. 

Brooke sat on a table towards the back, blending with the editors, producers and crew members. Meanwhile, Tom reclined near the front while giving the thumbs-up.

Deborah and Georgie, who had hosted the Today show together from January until November before being axed, were conspicuously absent. 

Didn't attend: Despite hosting Today for most of 2019, the recently-sacked pair were nowhere to be seen as more than 40 staff members - including on-air talent - posed for a group photo. Entertainment reporter Brooke Boney and newsreader Tom Steinfort are circled 

Party time: Another picture from the event showed Tom and segment producer Sophie Gilbert enjoying a friendly chat while posing with colleagues in front of Sydney Harbour

Another picture from the event showed Tom and segment producer Sophie Gilbert enjoying a friendly chat while posing with colleagues in front of Sydney Harbour.

Today contributor Taylor Jane Haynes certainly got into the party spirit on Saturday, and was even professionally made over by a 'glam squad' in preparation.

Georgie left Today on November 8, after it was confirmed both she and Deborah had been axed to make way for Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon in 2020. 

Time to celebrate! Today contributor Taylor Jane Haynes certainly got into the party spirit on Saturday, and was even professionally made over by a 'glam squad' in preparation

Having fun: The Today show's official Instagram page 'liked' this photo of two female staffers

Deborah has remained on the panel for the time being, with Tom filling in as co-host. 

Georgie said last month that she was shocked by the network's decision to sack her and Deborah and reinstate Karl, who had previously been axed in December 2018. 

'I was consulted two weeks ago about the future direction of the Today show and naturally I'm disappointed with the outcome,' she said at the time.

Boned: Georgie (right) left Today on November 8, after it was confirmed both she and Deborah (left) had been axed to make way for Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon in 2020 

Another shake-up: The new Today hosts are Karl Stefanovic (right) and Allison Langdon (left)



02-12-2019 19:15, source: dailymail, by James Foster
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