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Today viewers criticize Channel 9 show for being too focused on State of Origin: ‘The rest of us don’t care’


Sports-weary Today show viewers have taken to social media to express their displeasure at the show’s focus on the NSW state of origin.

On Thursday’s episode of Channel Nine’s hit breakfast show, co-hosts Karl Stefanovic, 49, and Sarah Abo, 38, sat around an NRL-branded table.

Karl gushed openly about the QLD Maroons’ victory against the NSW Blues, telling Sarah at the start of the show: ‘I’m not going to gloat, but let’s start with the blissful taste of victory.’

For the rest of the programme, many of the Today team, including Karl, Sarah and reporter Brooke Boney, continued to discuss the State of Origin match – which quickly ruffled the feathers of disinterested viewers.

Angry fans took to the Media Spy forums to air their grievances with the Today show’s heavy focus on the NRL.

Sports-weary Today show viewers have taken to social media to voice their displeasure at the show’s focus on Queensland’s state of origin. Co-hosts Karl Stefanovic (left), 49, and Sarah Abo (right), 38, sat behind an NRL-branded table on Thursday

“I understand it’s a one-off, but tonight’s show was too heavy on origins. The rest of the country doesn’t care,» snapped one of the viewers.

“Of course report it, but in my opinion it was an overload. I wouldn’t be surprised if audiences in Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide switched.»

«Why is the AFL guy in Melbourne talking about origins?» asked another viewer and a third chimed in: “They always have one NRL rep and one AFL rep. They speak both codes in this segment.”

Karl openly gushed over the QLD Maroons' victory against the NSW Blues, telling Sarah at the start of the show:

Karl openly gushed over the QLD Maroons’ victory against the NSW Blues, telling Sarah at the start of the show: «I’m not going to gloat, but let’s start with the blissful taste of victory»

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It comes after Peter FitzSimons called for a change to Australia’s national anthem after Dylan Wright’s State of Origin performance on Wednesday divided audiences.

The The 2024 Australian Idol winner delivered a stripped down guitar version of Advance Australia Fair to a packed house at Sydney’s Accor Stadium.

After the performance, FitzSimons argued that the anthem should be changed after Frnot the audience slammed the singer’s interpretation of the song.

For the rest of the programme, many of the Today team, including Karl, Sarah and sports reporter Alex Cullen (pictured), continued to discuss the State of Origin match - which quickly ruffled the feathers of disinterested viewers.

For the rest of the programme, many of the Today team, including Karl, Sarah and sports reporter Alex Cullen (pictured), continued to discuss the State of Origin match – which quickly ruffled the feathers of disaffected viewers.

“I thought the performance of our national anthem was terrible. Why not just stick to what it’s supposed to sound like?” the user wrote on X.

Peter reposted the comment saying: ‘Either that or get a decent anthem to work with and there can only be one choice: I am, you are, we are Australian.’

Other viewers were also horrified by the singer’s ‘devilish’, ‘hipster’ rendition of Scottish Australian composer Peter Dodds’ anthem.

However, other stars including Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O Henderson defended Dylan’s «remarkable» performance.



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