Karl Stefanovic will be returning to the Today program in 2020 after he was unceremoniously axed last year.

The 45-year-old will co-host with Weekend Today’s Allison Langdon while Georgie Gardner will leave the show, News Corp reports.

The Nine Network’s flagship morning program has hit record low ratings since Stefanovic was dumped in 2018 after 15 years.

His sacking followed a difficult year in which the show’s ratings were already falling amid unrelenting coverage of his personal life.

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“I was consulted two weeks ago about the future direction of the Today Show, and naturally I’m disappointed with the outcome,” said current host Georgie Gardner.

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“However I’m very proud to have been part of an innovative and progressive programming decision – the first female hosting duo in Australian breakfast television.

“It was a privilege to work on the Today Show for nine years, I learned a lot. I have no regrets, even though the scrutiny and public discourse has been daunting and disproportionate. It’s also at times been cruel.

“My plan now is to return to my first love, news, and to catch up on some sleep! I am grateful for the support and friendship offered by my Today Show colleagues on-air and behind the scenes and I am humbled by the unwavering loyalty and kindness of viewers.

“They have made my job more rewarding than they will ever know.

“I leave with fond memories and wish the new team every success. See you on a TV screen in 2020.”

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The remaining Today Show team members, including newsreader Tom Steinfort and entertainment reporters Richard Wilkins and Brooke Boney, will remain on the show.

Darren Wick, Director of News at Nine, said the full line up of Today in 2020 “will be announced in due course”.

For now, Gardner will not return to the show on Monday but Deborah Knight will remain on the show until the end of the year.