2 December, 2014. 12:14
CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | [email protected]
If you haven’t seen it, YOU NEED TO SEE IT.
This morning on the Today show, co-host Karl Stefanovic appeared to reach boiling point with the illusive Tony Abbott.
In a video that has since been removed from all forms of online media, Karl Stefanovic took it up to Mr Abbott, after he said he wished “the Labor Party wasn’t in such a feral mood” over helping repair the budget.
“With respect, you were fairly feral in Opposition weren’t you, I mean the greatest respect by that, and … why would [Bill Shorten] do anything different when it worked for you?” Stefanovic asked.
“The reality is here that the budget position is in a shambles and every day it does get worse,” the Channel Nine host went on.
“It’s not in a shambles Karl,” Mr Abbott hit back.
“No one is buying what you are selling, what you are laying down. That is the problem,” Stefanovic replied.
The Prime Minister insisted that the “budget started to come under control the day the government changed”.
“Now, I don’t pretend that this parliament has been easy for us, not for a second do I pretend this parliament is easy for us, but we have already made substantial changes.”
But it didn’t end there, with Mr Abbott asked whether he was “worried” that he might be a “one-term wonder”.
Karl Stefanovic venomously dug in the boot with a verbal spray that showed a far more political-charged side to the television personality.
“Mate, you’ve got rocks in your head if you think we are buying your shit. I spend each day of my life answering to the greasiest media executives you’ve ever met… I would still take their word over yours. I wouldn’t f**king trust you with my wife at my wedding!”
Abbott responded quite sternly to Stefanovic’s outburst
“Just remember who you are talking to, Karl”
Karl returned fire once again
“I know exactly who I’m talking to. A backward, bank worshipping, concrete cowboy. You are nothing more than a former amateur boxer… But you act like you’ve taken as many hits to the head as Fenech. I’m sorry Tony, but I don’t like being lied to.”
Karl Stefanovic then removed himself from the set while the Prime Minister was still on the air. He is yet to comment publicly on the outburst.