Ben Fordham on whether he’ll replace Karl at Today
RADIO host Ben Fordham has no interest in returning to Channel 9's embattled breakfast show, Today.
Rumours have been leaking from inside Nine for several months that the 2GB host may replace troubled host Karl Stefanovic on Today, but Fordham said he had no passion for the job.
"Not at all, I have no intentions of going back to Today," Fordham said.
"I had a great time on the show with Karl and Georgie (Gardner) and the team for many years but won't be returning any time soon."
The father of two, who was the sports presenter on the show for several years, said he much preferred his mornings at home with his family.
"I wake up with Jodie, Freddy and Pearl and that will continue for a long, long time," he said.
Stefanovic has been widely blamed for Today's bad ratings over the past 12 months.
He has been in the press regularly for his personal life and the embarrassing leaking of a private conversation with his brother Peter where the pair gossiped about a colleague.
Fordham's comments come after Nine boss Hugh Marks publicly acknowledged Today and Karl were in a slump.
"Karl has had a tough year but I have every confidence that he can get back to what he is really good at and re-establish that connection with the audience," Marks said.
"If the audience sees him really working hard and treating them very seriously and delivering on what he can do well then he can re-establish that connection."
Hosting 2GB's afternoon slot, Fordham has consistently smashed his competition in the ratings this year.
Along with his 2GB stablemates Alan Jones and Ray Hadley, the three broadcasters have made the station the top dog in Sydney radio.
Fordham said that he was grateful for his loyal audience.