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Jessica Rowe reveals the humiliating moment she faced former Today show co-star Karl Stefanovic

Jessica Rowe has revealed the humiliation she suffered after being sacked from Channel Nine’s Today show in 2006. 

Speaking to Stellar Magazine, the author, 51, recalled the awkwardness of seeing her former co-star Karl Stefanovic, 47, for the first time, after her departure. 

‘I remember seeing Karl at an airport one year. He was walking with a bunch of people and I was walking with a bunch of people, and we just said hello, but we’d never spoken about what happened between us,’ she said. 

Difficult: Jessica Rowe has revealed the humiliation she suffered after being sacked from the Today show in 2006. Pictured in this week's Stellar Magazine

Difficult: Jessica Rowe has revealed the humiliation she suffered after being sacked from the Today show in 2006. Pictured in this week's Stellar Magazine

Difficult: Jessica Rowe has revealed the humiliation she suffered after being sacked from the Today show in 2006. Pictured in this week’s Stellar Magazine 

Jessica had invited Karl to appear on her podcast, How to be Happy, so they can talk over the past and finally put the past to bed.

‘Even though nearly 15 years have passed, there are some things that never leave you and feel unresolved, even though both of us have gotten on with our lives and we are both much happier people now than we were then,’ she said. 

Elsewhere in the interview, Jessica admitted she felt like a ‘failure’ for not fighting the sacking. 

Memories: 'I remember seeing Karl at an airport one year. He was walking with a bunch of people and I was walking with a bunch of people, and we just said hello, but we'd never spoken about what happened between us,' she said

Memories: 'I remember seeing Karl at an airport one year. He was walking with a bunch of people and I was walking with a bunch of people, and we just said hello, but we'd never spoken about what happened between us,' she said

Memories: ‘I remember seeing Karl at an airport one year. He was walking with a bunch of people and I was walking with a bunch of people, and we just said hello, but we’d never spoken about what happened between us,’ she said

‘I didn’t have the emotional, mental or financial strength to take on Nine. And that also made me feel like a failure,’ she said. 

‘Like, what message are we sending to my brand-new baby girl that as women we can’t stand up; that we aren’t able to fight? I realised I couldn’t fight that battle then’.

In 2006, Jessica was thrust into the spotlight when she moved from Channel 10 to the Nine Network to replace Tracy Grimshaw as co-host of the Today show.   

But scandal struck when Nine’s chief executive Eddie McGuire allegedly asked when he could ‘bone’ Jessica, with reports suggesting at the time he meant to ‘sack’ her. 

Hard: Elsewhere in the interview, Jessica admitted she felt like a 'failure' for not fighting the sacking. 'I didn't have the emotional, mental or financial strength to take on Nine. And that also made me feel like a failure,' she said

Hard: Elsewhere in the interview, Jessica admitted she felt like a 'failure' for not fighting the sacking. 'I didn't have the emotional, mental or financial strength to take on Nine. And that also made me feel like a failure,' she said

Hard: Elsewhere in the interview, Jessica admitted she felt like a ‘failure’ for not fighting the sacking. ‘I didn’t have the emotional, mental or financial strength to take on Nine. And that also made me feel like a failure,’ she said

He reportedly made the comments during a conversation with his then deputy Jeffrey Browne and Nine’s head of news and current affairs, Mark Llewellyn.   

‘What are we going to do about Jessica? When should we bone her? I reckon it should be next week,’ McGuire had reportedly asked.

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Llewellyn then allegedly told McGuire the network might risk also losing Jessica’s husband, Nine News reporter Peter Overton, if they sacked her.  

McGuire is said to have replied, ‘Maybe we have to take that risk,’ before Browne added: ‘She’s a laughing stock and if we keep her on air we’ll be the laughing stock.’

Headlines: In 2006, Channel Nine's then-CEO Eddie McGuire (right) allegedly asked fellow executives when he could 'bone' (i.e. sack) Jessica as co-host of the Today show. McGuire has since denied using the term 'bone' in the conversation

Headlines: In 2006, Channel Nine's then-CEO Eddie McGuire (right) allegedly asked fellow executives when he could 'bone' (i.e. sack) Jessica as co-host of the Today show. McGuire has since denied using the term 'bone' in the conversation

Headlines: In 2006, Channel Nine’s then-CEO Eddie McGuire (right) allegedly asked fellow executives when he could ‘bone’ (i.e. sack) Jessica as co-host of the Today show. McGuire has since denied using the term ‘bone’ in the conversation

McGuire has since denied using the term ‘bone’ in the conversation, which was laid out by Llewellyn’s sworn affidavit (made public after he left the network for rival station Seven). 

Discussing the ‘boning’ incident years later, Jessica said that people forget ‘how powerful words can be and how they can hurt like hell’, adding that she was still ‘terribly upset’ by what happened.

‘That year was a terrible time in my life and it was not helped by public abuse, abuse from within the network that I worked at and abuse from someone who was in charge of that particular network,’ she told the Sydney Morning Herald in 2016.

‘It was horrific and it pre-empted then a very dark period in my life. A whole lot of factors contributed to a perfect storm… and it just makes me terribly sad.’ 

Another change: In 2013, Jessica moved to Network Ten and hosted morning show Studio 10 alongside Ita Buttrose, Joe Hildebrand, Sarah Harris and Denise Drysdale. In March 2018, she announced she was resigning from the program to spend more time with her family

Another change: In 2013, Jessica moved to Network Ten and hosted morning show Studio 10 alongside Ita Buttrose, Joe Hildebrand, Sarah Harris and Denise Drysdale. In March 2018, she announced she was resigning from the program to spend more time with her family

Another change: In 2013, Jessica moved to Network Ten and hosted morning show Studio 10 alongside Ita Buttrose, Joe Hildebrand, Sarah Harris and Denise Drysdale. In March 2018, she announced she was resigning from the program to spend more time with her family

Jessica left the Today show in 2007 following her return from maternity leave. At the time, she cited payment issues as the reason for her departure.

She then joined Channel Seven as a presenter for Seven News in Sydney, before taking part in Dancing with the Stars. 

Jessica moved to Weekend Sunrise in late 2010 and stayed there for three years.

In 2013, she signed with Network Ten and hosted morning show Studio 10 alongside Ita Buttrose, Joe Hildebrand, Sarah Harris and Denise Drysdale.  

In March 2018, she announced she was resigning from the program to spend more time with her family. 

Read more: In this week's Stellar Magazine

Read more: In this week's Stellar Magazine

Read more: In this week’s Stellar Magazine 

Jessica Rowe reveals the humiliating moment she faced former Today show co-star Karl Stefanovic

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