Channel Nine reporter Ezra Holt was left looking deadest terrified when Today host Karl Stefanovic put him on the spot without notice.

On Friday, Holt had just wrapped a news package about WA’s new quarantine facility when Today sports reporter Charles Croucher began talking about soccer… and Stefanovic interrupted.

“Just quickly, can I talk to Ezra?” Karl asked.

“Ezra, are you there, my man? Ezra, are you there?” he asked again.

Holt appeared on-screen looking like a deer in headlights, cautiously nodding.

Co-host Allison Langdon chimed in, “He’s looking nervous.”

After a short delay, Ezra smiled and replied, “Yes, how are you going Karl?”


Stefanovic simply said, “Could you get any more handsome?”

You could see sweet relief wash over Holt as he earnestly quipped back, “I can try,” to which the team cracked up.

Holt later posted the wholesome exchange to Twitter, which got a lot of support from his Nine colleagues.

“Good onya Ezra!” reporter Tracy Vo commented, as well as journalist Siobhan Mckenna with “Absolute highlight of my day!”

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