A taxi driver who allegedly taped Peter Stefanovic speaking to his brother Karl on speakerphone about his Today co-host Georgie Gardner is attempting to sell the recording to the highest bidder.
The bombshell claims were made by veteran entertainment journalist Peter Ford during a segment on The Kyle & Jackie O Show on Monday morning.
Ford said that while he wasn’t able to share the details of the conversation, the journalist brothers did ‘a bit of b**ching and a bit of moaning’.
‘Some of it would be embarrassing if it got out, but I think most fair-minded people would go, “Aah, there but by the grace of God”,’ he added cryptically.
Before his appearance on Kyle and Jackie O, Ford appeared to reference the taxi driver’s recording on Twitter, writing that Karl may have an ‘urgent issue to deal with’.
Referencing Ford’s tweet, Jackie ‘O’ Henderson asked: ‘So when you said it could destroy a TV partnership, do you mean the network or someone on the show?’
‘Obviously I was talking about Georgie Gardner. I don’t know that it would destroy it, but it certainly would cause…’ he replied, before Kyle Sandilands jumped in.
Kyle asked what specifically was said between the Stefanovic brothers about Georgie, who joined Karl on the Today show earlier this year.
‘I just spent three minutes explaining I can’t tell you. Look, there was a bit of b**ching and a bit of venting,’ Ford replied.
Ford then proceeded to explain the backstory behind the secretly recorded phone conversation.
‘A TV celebrity, late at night, gets into a cab’s backseat. He decides to make a phone call, puts that phone call on speakerphone and rings someone he’s related to, his brother,’ he began.
‘And they have a good session, they have a very frank and full conversation, and they cover lots of territory, and they talk about lots of people.’
Ford continued: ‘The driver in the front seat records the whole thing, and he’s out there shopping it around. How low is that?’
‘That’s low as low can be,’ agreed Jackie. Kyle added: ‘It’s lower than a snake’s a**hole, that is.’
Ford said the transcribed comments made by Peter that he had seen were altogether ‘not earth-shattering’.
However, he added: ‘Because it’s an unusual relationship between those two, you just wouldn’t want a grenade thrown in the mix.’
It is unclear if Ford was referring here to the dynamic between Karl and his brother or Karl and Georgie.
Speaking of Karl and Georgie’s partnership on Today, Ford added: ‘They have a good working relationship. They’re both very talented people put together. Sometimes when you get two talented people put together, there’s a magic there.
‘I’m not sure if there’s magic there. They’ve made no secret of the fact in the past they’ve had some differences and they’re trying to move forward with it.’
A spokesperson for Channel Nine told Daily Mail Australia on Monday: ‘We think it is pretty low to record a conversation without them knowing.
‘We are not commenting on the story and of course it is illegal to report on a taped conversation that people don’t know about.’