Today show host Karl Stefanovic ignored the biggest story in Australia on Thursday, hours after footage surfaced of him intervening in a wild argument between his sister-in-law Jade Yarbrough and good mate Michael Clarke.
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.
Today host Karl Stefanovic (left) ignored the biggest story in Australia on Thursday, hours after footage surfaced of him intervening in a wild argument between his sister-in-law Jade Yarbrough and good mate Michael Clarke. There was no mention of the leaked video at the start of the broadcast as he and co-host Sarah Abo (right) went through the day’s headlines
Stefanovic, 48, and Clarke, 41, 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.
It’s understood the melee was over Clarke’s ex-girlfriend Pip Edwards, with Jade accusing the former Australian cricket captain of cheating with the P.E Nation designer.
Dramatic footage obtained by The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday shows a shirtless Clarke being slapped by his angry girlfriend.
The fracas did make the early news bulletin over on Channel Seven’s Sunrise, however, with Edwina Bartholomew (pictured) giving a detailed rundown of the incident shortly after 5:30am
All hell broke loose after Clarke, Stefanovic and their loves were having dinner at a beachside restaurant with their celebrity accountant mate Anthony Bell.
‘I’m wrong? I’m f**king wrong! You’re a f**king liar. I can see everything. You called her,’ Yarbrough howls.
Clarke tries to reassure Yarbrough he didn’t cheat on her and swears on his young daughter Kelsey Lee’s life he was with Bell on the night in question last month.
‘Baby you’re wrong, you’re wrong,’ he insists.
‘Baby, baby, Belly was at the house. I swear on my life, I swear at my life… That’s not true, it’s not true.’
Dramatic footage leaked on Wednesday showing a shirtless Clarke being slapped by his angry girlfriend Jade Yarbrough. The melee was over Clarke’s ex-girlfriend Pip Edwards, with Jade accusing the former Australian cricket captain of cheating with the P.E Nation designer
Clarke sparked up a romance with Jasmine Yarbrough’s younger sister Jade in July 2022 (they are pictured here in November 2022)
Clarke and Edwards dated on and off from June 2020 until December last year
But Yarbrough doesn’t believe his protests and claims she spoke to Edwards.
‘You’re f**king lying to me. You are a piece of s**t. I just spoke to her. What is wrong with you?’ she screams.
Clarke replies: ‘It’s not true, it’s not true.’
Stefanovic’s wife Jasmine eventually steps in, grabs her distressed sister by the arm and walks her away.
‘Get away with Karl, go with Karl,’ Jasmine tells Clarke as he unleashes his fury on Stefanovic.
‘Karlos, I can tell you now c**t, don’t you f**king walk away. She can, she can punch me, but you, you c**t,’ Clarke says.
The fiery argument between Clarke and Yarbrough in a public park in Noosa was filmed by shocked onlookers. (They are pictured in Sydney in November)
This comment sparks fury from Jade, who defends her brother-in-law before slapping Clarke in the face.
‘You piece of s**t, don’t you f**king speak to him,’ she yells.
Bell is heard telling the couple to stop, which falls on deaf ears.
‘Go, hit me hit me… do it again, you’re wrong, you’re f**king wrong,’ Clarke tells his girlfriend.
Jade screams: ‘Oh am I wrong? You f**ked her [Edwards] on December 17, you f**ked her… you’re a f**king dog… I’m going to show her every f**king message you ever f**king sent me.’
She then makes reference to a text she saw on Clarke’s phone inviting Edwards to come to India with him.
‘Oh yeah, “You’re the love of my life Pip, come to India,”‘ Jade snarls.
Clarke responds: ‘Don’t ever talk to me again.’
Stefanovic and his wife Jasmine were forced to intervene in the ugly altercation
The two-minute clip ends with Jasmine and Bell separating the feuding couple.
‘Stop, Jade, stop,’ Jasmine pleads, to which Bell adds: ‘Let it go Jade.’
The ugly altercation unfolded in front of young children nearby, according to witnesses.
A remorseful Clarke has taken full responsibility for what happened.
‘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’ he told the publication on Wednesday night.
‘I am shattered that because of my actions I’ve drawn women of class and integrity, and my mates, into this situation.’
His former partner Edwards distanced herself from the ‘debacle’ as she issued a brutal swipe at Clarke.
‘This is not my circus. Yet again, Michael in his true nature has not taken responsibility for his actions and I was blatantly lied to,’ she said in a statement
Clarke’s relationship with his former partner Edwards began in June 2020, following his split from wife Kyly, which they had announced four months earlier.
Michael Clarke dated Pip Edwards (pictured in happier times) on and off for 18 months before ending things for good a year ago
He and Pip had been friends for more than a decade before that, but grew close while working on a fashion project together.
The couple called it quits in December 2021.
A source close to the pair confirmed the split, saying: ‘The decision was mutual. They’re two best friends who decided to part ways as a couple earlier this month, but continue their friendship.’
After their break-up, Pip had a fling with Bondi restaurateur Cameron Northway for about four months, but that fizzled out and she got back with Michael.
Michael and Pip recently attended the New Year’s Day bash at Sydney’s iconic Icebergs.
The batsman was married to former model Kyly Clarke (née Boldy), 40, from 2012 until 2019, but the couple didn’t announce their separation until February 2020.
The Clarkes had kept their separation quiet for several months before she put out a statement on Instagram saying their priority was their daughter.
In a statement at the time, the pair said the ‘amicable’ decision to separate was ‘the best course’ for their daughter.
Michael was married to model Kyly Clarke, 40, from 2012 until 2019, but they didn’t announce their separation until February 2020. They are pictured here with their daughter Kelsey Lee