The Today Show’s ratings are continuing to stagnate, with the average viewership down almost 80,000 a day but there are now reports former host Karl Stefanovic is in secret talks to come back to the show.

Woman’s Day magazine has alleged that Karl, 44, could jump back in the hosting seat very soon.

‘Of course Nine are denying it, but it’s 100 per cent correct that they are actively chasing Karl to come back – everyone at the network knows Today needs the TV version of open-heart surgery to even survive,’ a ‘source’ told the publication.

The source went on to say that Karl’s return to the show is condition and he must ‘admit defeat’ and ‘publicly acknowledge he had to leave due to personal issues.’’

However, a representative for Karl has said  ‘There’s no truth to this rumour whatsoever.  ‘Karl is not returning to Today, nor are there any talks taking place – secret, or otherwise – to that effect.’ 

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