- Channel Nine sacked Karl Stefanovic from the Today show on Wednesday
- His turbulent personal life had caused ratings to plummet
- The TV host’s downward spiral accelerated in April 2017 due to paparazzi photos
- Pictures showed Karl kissing Jasmine in LA while ex-wife packed up their home
Karl Stefanovic may have only been dumped from Channel Nine’s Today show on Wednesday – but his fate at the network was already sealed long before.
In April 2017, as the school holidays kicked off, the father-of-three found himself at the centre of a PR disaster that ultimately led to his demise
Because it was in that month, the women of Australia finally saw Karl’s marriage split for what it was – and they never forgave him.
The photo that destroyed Karl Stefanovic’s career: How the Today host’s fate was sealed when these pictures of Jasmine Yarbrough leaping into his arms were splashed across the press
During the Easter break, paparazzi photos captured two very different scenes which appeared to perfectly sum up how Karl and his then-estranged wife Cassandra Thorburn were coping in the aftermath of their marriage split six months before.
Karl was pictured enjoying an emotional reunion at Los Angeles International Airport with his new girlfriend Jasmine Yarbrough – a woman he had only known since December 2016.
Jasmine, a shoe designer nine years younger than Karl, passionately leaped into the Today host’s arms as they kissed in the middle of a busy parking lot.
The LAX photos were first published by New Idea, which is owned by Nine’s commercial rivals Seven West Media, and were accompanied by the headline ‘The moment she said yes!’
Their fledgling romance had been public knowledge since February, when they were pictured canoodling on a yacht in Sydney Harbour.
The LAX photos were first published by New Idea magazine, which is owned by Nine’s commercial rivals Seven West Media, and were accompanied by the headline ‘The moment she said yes!’
Meanwhile, pictures taken that same month offered a sad glimpse of how Cassandra’s life had changed since Karl walked out on their 21-year marriage