Written by Zoë Holloway, September 20, 2016

There was one familiar face notably absent from the Today show this morning, as co-host Karl Stefanovic was nowhere to be seen.

The 42-year-old’s absence comes just days after the news broke that he and wife Cassandra Thorburn were separating.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 01:  TV personality Karl Stefanovic and his wife Cassandra Thorburn arrive on the red carpet ahead of the 2011 Logie Awards at Crown Palladium on May 1, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Co-host Lisa Wilkinson and Karl’s stand-in Sylvia Jeffreys addressed his absence briefly, saying, ‘He had a couple of loose ends on a story he’s finishing, so he’ll be back in the chair tomorrow.’

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The Sunday Telegraph reported that the television presenter has moved out of the family home he shares with Cassandra and their three children and has since moved in with close mate James Packer, who owns a luxury apartment in Bondi.

The split has come as a shock to many, with close friends and family staying hopeful that the couple will reconcile.

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