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Karl Stefanovic disappears from the Today Show after the Queen’s funeral

Allison Langdon solo hosted the Today show on Wednesday after her co-host Karl Stefanovic flew back to Sydney following the Queen’s funeral.

She began her live broadcast from Buckingham Palace on Tuesday at 20:30 (GMT) without Stefanovic by her side and confirmed his absence around an hour later.

Referring to the unusually quiet scenes at the palace in London, Langdon explained that Stefanovic was on a flight home to Australia.

The 43-year-old smiled as she told Sarah Abo and Alex Cullen how “quiet” things were at Buckingham Palace without her rowdy co-host around.

‘Thank you guys. It’s so quiet and peaceful here,’ she said.

“I can’t figure out if that’s because of the crowds [from the Queen’s funeral] everyone’s gone, or just that Karl is on a plane on his way home!’

Stefanovic arrived in London on September 13 to report on the Queen’s death. Langdon was on site a day earlier, hosting Today alongside Charles Croucher.

Nine may be moving its presenters’ flights back to Australia, so its flagship news programs, like the Today Show, cannot do without both main presenters.

It is likely that Langdon and other network stars such as Peter Overton and Tracy Grimshaw will return to Australia later in the week.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel Nine for comment.

All of Australia’s major television networks invested enormous resources in covering the death and funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

Nine, Seven, Ten and ABC sent all talent and production staff to the historic occasion and relocated their European correspondents to London.

Langdon must have put in many hours covering the Queen’s funeral.

She made international headlines this week for dozing off on set during a break from reporting Her Majesty’s funeral.

After broadcasting from Buckingham Palace for 14 hours, an exhausted Langdon rolled up a jacket to use as a pillow and took a nap on senior producer Will Hutchinson’s lap, who snapped a photo for Instagram.

Langdon posted the photo to her own Instagram Stories on Tuesday, along with the caption, “Hour 14. Everything is fine.”

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