Veteran journalist Peter Ford claims Karl Stefanovic’s apology over a ‘b*tchy’ phone conversation he had with brother Peter is just a ‘pre-emptive strike before the atom bomb hits’.
In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph the brothers admitted their guilt and apologised for their ‘b*tchy’ conversation and frank discussion on Georgie Gardner and other network talent.
But according to Ford, the Stefanovic’s apology is merely a last ditch effort to save face before the details of the conversation are released in New Idea on Monday.
In a tweet Ford wrote: ‘What those on the receiving end are telling me. Today’s carefully worded apology -complete with jokes and a BBQ reference- was a pre-emptive strike before the atom bomb hits. Complete coverage tomorrow across Oz & NZ’.
In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph Karl told the publication that he and his younger brother Peter, 36, hardly ever talk about work to each other, but did last Sunday after a barbecue.
‘And the conversation… we are sorry. I was angry with myself at first that I could be so stupid,’ the 43-year-old said.
It’s been alleged that one of Uber’s independent drivers recorded a conversation between Karl and Peter, 36, who was a passenger at the time and talking to his brother on loud speaker.
Speaking to 6PR Breakfast on Friday, Ford alleged that Georgie Gardner would struggle to sit next to Karl on the Today show, after what he reportedly said about her during the conversation.
According to Ford, New Idea will run details of the ‘highly embarrassing’ conversation on Monday, however says there is no recording – the conversation is a recollection of the Uber driver’s memory.
Speaking to 6PR, Ford alleged that the contents of the conversation would ‘pull apart’ Karl and Georgie’s already difficult relationship.
‘One that people are going to focus on is Georgie Gardner, because that is a very testy relationship anyway,’ he claimed.
‘I don’t want to quote things because I don’t have it front of me either, but this relationship – I don’t know how Georgie is going to be able to continue to sit opposite him as of next week.’
A source close to Karl’s team told Daily Mail Australia: ‘Karl is heading to court over the leaked Uber tape – which is set to be made public on Monday’.
‘The Nine frontman will issue legal proceedings against the global rider-share scheme.’
The insider went on to confirm that by the ‘end of the next week, documents should be filed in court,’ with an understanding that the claims ‘would centre around a breach of contract and privacy’.
Ford claimed the conversation also covered other people Peter and Karl worked with at Channel Nine.
‘It is going to be highly embarrassing for both the Stefanovic brothers as of next week when this magazine is on the shelves, because they give serves to not only on-air talent including Richard Wilkins and Georgie Gardner, but to a number of major executives at the Channel Nine Network,’ Ford alleged.
The siblings also allegedly spoke about Nine News and Current Affairs head honcho Darren Wick, Today’s Mark Calvert and 60 Minutes’ Kirsty Thomson during their chat, which took place when Peter was in an Uber and speaking to his brother Karl on loudspeaker.