Cassandra Thorburn on The Project0:26
Cassandra Thorburn appeared on The Project following her elimination from Dancing With The Stars.
Cassandra Thorburn has been left in stitches after The Project took a cheeky swipe at her ex-husband Karl Stefanovic.
But the journalist was caught off guard when comedian Peter Helliar slipped in a not-too subtle reference to her ex-husband’s “drunk” Today appearance the morning after the 2009 Logies.
“Hey Cassandra, first of all congratulations on your Dancing With The Stars journey,” Helliar said.
“I’m just curious though after a big night of showbiz did you stay up all night drinking, then get up early and go on Studio 10 a little bit tipsy, or is that not your style?”
“No! No comment,” Thorburn hastily replied, bursting into laughter. “I almost fell for it!”
Thorburn also spoke to Lisa Wilkinson, who previously hosted Today alongside Stefanovic for more than a decade, about how she was finding life in the public eye.
Their friendly exchange contrasted with previous speculation there was tension between the two women, with Fairfax Media claiming Wilkinson had “snubbed” Thorburn at a 2017 event.
“Cass, signing on for the show meant there was suddenly going to be this huge spotlight on you, how have you felt about the way that’s played out?” Wilkinson asked.
“Well that’s exactly Lisa what I wanted, because I wanted to highlight palliative care which my dad passed away in October last year … (also) there’s been so much thoughts about who I am, all of that,” Thorburn said.
“I just kind of decided that this year when it was offered to me I thought, this is a great opportunity for me to show the world who I am without people speculating all the time, and I’ll have a great time in the process.”
“Have you worked out how to navigate being in the public eye now as a single mum? Because pardon the pun but it’s a difficult dance,” Wilkinson said.
“I’m happy, I’m very happy … I guess I just found my place as who I was and what was important to me all of sudden and what was going to be the best for my children when they’re with me so yeah I’ve embraced it, I’m really happy,” Thorburn said.
Last week Wilkinson hilariously roasted Stefanovic over his 2009 post-Logies appearance while commenting on a social media thread on how to win a Gold Logie.
“You’re missing the point, the lot of you. If you really want the Gold, just drink A LOT, then come on air with me, tell me how beautiful I am, and I’ll nurse you through it all. It’s worked before. #LogieTwitterWar,” she tweeted.
During Stefanovic’s infamous appearance the TV host appeared worse for wear and gushed over how Wilkinson had looked the night before at the Logies.
But his appearance going viral it didn’t seem to hurt Stefanovic’s career, with the Nine personality winning a Gold Logie two years later.
In 2014, Stefanovic publicly admitted he was inebriated during that infamous 2009 broadcast.
“It wasn’t any different to any other year — we all get smashed at the Logies and go to work the next day; we’d done it for years and years. But this was the first Logies when stuff really started working on the internet,” he said.
“I remember seeing it on Today Tonight and going, ‘Oh, God.’ I really was drunk, or at least I certainly looked and sounded drunk.”
The Project airs 6.30pm Sunday to Friday on Network 10.
Karl behaving badly1:10
A look at some of the most inappropriate moments of Karl Stefanovic from his time as host of the Today Show.