Karl Stefanovic vs Michael Clarke: Today host seen for the first time since video emerged


Karl Stefanovic has stepped out for the first time since footage surfaced of him intervening in a wild argument between his sister-in-law Jade Yarbrough and good mate Michael Clarke

The Today show host, 48, was spotted by paparazzi at Sydney Airport on Thursday at 11am ahead of his flight to Melbourne, where he will report on the Australia Open for Channel Nine. 

As he arrived at the airport terminal, Stefanovic was grilled by photographers about his rocky friendship with Clarke, 41,  but couldn’t be drawn on the matter.    

On Thursday morning, Karl Stefanovic, 48, (pictured) stepped out for the first time since footage surfaced of him intervening in a wild argument between his sister-in-law Jade Yarbrough and good mate Michael Clarke 

‘Have you spoken to Clarkey, mate? Is he allowed at your Noosa holiday home again? Or never again?’ one photographer asked as Stefavnoic walked by. 

Dressed in a navy suit and light blue tie, Stefanovic refused to utter a word but did seem visibly amused by the photographer’s line of questioning. 

He almost burst into laughter as the photographer suggested he and Clarke could sort out their difference in the boxing ring. 

The Today show host was spotted by paparazzi at Sydney Airport on Thursday at 11am ahead of his flight to Melbourne, where he will report on the Australia Open for Channel Nine

The Today show host was spotted by paparazzi at Sydney Airport on Thursday at 11am ahead of his flight to Melbourne, where he will report on the Australia Open for Channel Nine

As he arrived at the airport terminal, Stefanovic was grilled by photographers about his rocky friendship with Clarke, 41, but couldn't be drawn on the matter

As he arrived at the airport terminal, Stefanovic was grilled by photographers about his rocky friendship with Clarke, 41, but couldn’t be drawn on the matter

‘Can we organise a boxing match? A celebrity boxing match?’ he asked a smirking Stefanovic. 

The Nine presenter had also ignored news of his park scuffle while reading the headlines on Thursday’s Today show.  

There was no mention of the leaked video – recorded while Stefanovic and Clarke were on holiday in Noosa with their respective partners on January 10 – at the start of the broadcast as he and co-host Sarah Abo went through the day’s major headlines.

The fracas did make the early news bulletin over on Channel Seven‘s Sunrise, however, with Edwina Bartholomew giving a detailed rundown of the incident shortly after 5:30am.

He almost burst into laughter as the photographer suggested he and Clarke could sort out their difference in the boxing ring

He almost burst into laughter as the photographer suggested he and Clarke could sort out their difference in the boxing ring 

Stefanovic and Clarke clashed at a park in Noosa, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, earlier this month while on holiday with their respective partners, sisters Jasmine and Jade Yarbrough. 

At the heart of the feud were allegations Clarke hooked up with ex-flame Edwards on December 17 while Jade was away on holidays. 

The dramatic footage obtained by The Daily Telegraph shows a shirtless Clarke being screamed at and slapped by his hysterical girlfriend as others in the group try to defuse the fracas.

'Can we organise a boxing match? A celebrity boxing match?' he asked a smirking Stefanovic

‘Can we organise a boxing match? A celebrity boxing match?’ he asked a smirking Stefanovic

Dressed in a navy suit and light blue tie, Stefanovic refused to utter a word but did seem visibly amused by the photographer's line of questioning

Dressed in a navy suit and light blue tie, Stefanovic refused to utter a word but did seem visibly amused by the photographer’s line of questioning

Karl had a Louis Vuitton duffle bag worth an eye-watering $3750 slung over his shoulder, and a mobile phone in his left hand

Karl had a Louis Vuitton duffle bag worth an eye-watering $3750 slung over his shoulder, and a mobile phone in his left hand

‘I’m wrong? I’m f**king wrong! You’re a f**king liar. I can see everything. You called her,’ Jade screams.

Clarke later released a statement confessing his failings, saying: ‘I’m absolutely gutted I’ve put people I hold in the highest regard in this position. My actions in the lead-up to this altercation were nothing short of shameful and regrettable.

‘I am shattered that because of my actions I’ve drawn women of class and integrity, and my mates, into this situation.’

The Nine presenter had also ignored news of his park scuffle while reading the headlines on Thursday's Today show

The Nine presenter had also ignored news of his park scuffle while reading the headlines on Thursday’s Today show

The fracas did make the early news bulletin over on Channel Seven 's Sunrise, however, with Edwina Bartholomew giving a detailed rundown of the incident shortly after 5:30am

The fracas did make the early news bulletin over on Channel Seven ‘s Sunrise, however, with Edwina Bartholomew giving a detailed rundown of the incident shortly after 5:30am

Clarke and Yarbrough were friends for a number of years after they were introduced by Karl Stefanovic. They made their relationship official in August 2022. 

It’s understood Stefanovic had attempted to unite the pair romantically several years before however Yarbrough began dating someone else – surfer and charity director Andrew Leece.

However it’s understood the pair split in early 2022, with Yarbrough going on to date Clarke casually before the pair cemented their new romance with a trip to Italy in July.

Stefanovic and Clarke clashed at a park in Noosa, on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, earlier this month while on holiday with their respective partners, sisters Jasmine and Jade Yarbrough

Stefanovic and Clarke clashed at a park in Noosa, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, earlier this month while on holiday with their respective partners, sisters Jasmine and Jade Yarbrough

Clarke and Yarbrough were friends for a number of years after they were introduced by Karl Stefanovic. They made their relationship official in August 2022

Clarke and Yarbrough were friends for a number of years after they were introduced by Karl Stefanovic. They made their relationship official in August 2022

Meanwhile, Clarke is allegedly determined to reconcile with Jade and is plotting a ‘grand gesture’ in the hopes of winning her back.

‘He stuffed up and he knows he stuffed up and he got busted, it is as simple as that,’ a friend of the Aussie cricket legend told Daily Mail Australia.

‘But he wants Jade back. She’s the one. But he knows it’s going to take something big to make it happen.’

His friend added that Clarke is ‘in an emotionally dark place’ and is in close contact with his ‘best friend’ Anthony Bell who was also involved in the Noosa melee.

‘He’s a mess… a complete mess,’ said the friend.

Meanwhile, Clarke is allegedly determined to reconcile with Jade and is plotting a 'grand gesture' in the hopes of winning her back

Meanwhile, Clarke is allegedly determined to reconcile with Jade and is plotting a ‘grand gesture’ in the hopes of winning her back

His friend added that Clarke is 'in an emotionally dark place' and is in close contact with his 'best friend' Anthony Bell who was also involved in the Noosa melee

His friend added that Clarke is ‘in an emotionally dark place’ and is in close contact with his ‘best friend’ Anthony Bell who was also involved in the Noosa melee



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