Karl Stefanovic brings heart, laughs and depth to re-booted Today show

Karl Stefanovic made his highly-anticipated return to the Today show on Saturday, and while most fans were happy to see him back, he still has his critics.

Over the past week, viewers have flocked to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to express their opinions about his return to Channel Nine's breakfast show.

Most of the comments on Facebook slammed the 45-year-old for being 'too political', but viewers on Twitter and Instagram were generally much kinder.

Comeback kid: Karl Stefanovic (left) made his highly-anticipated return to the Today show on Saturday, and while most fans were happy to see him back, he still has his critics. Pictured with Allison Langdon (right)

Comeback kid: Karl Stefanovic (left) made his highly-anticipated return to the Today show on Saturday, and while most fans were happy to see him back, he still has his critics. Pictured with Allison Langdon (right)

After returning two days earlier than expected to host Today's special coverage of the Australian bushfire crisis, some fans thought he was too critical of Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

'I am so disappointed that Karl is back on the Today Show, he is so rude when he is interviewing most people, especially the PM,' fumed one Facebook user.

'He is a has-been and they could have made a better choice. If Karl isn't happy with what the PM is doing about the fires, well what would you do Karl.'

Talking point: Over the past week, viewers have flocked to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to express their opinions about Karl's return to Channel Nine's breakfast show

Talking point: Over the past week, viewers have flocked to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to express their opinions about Karl's return to Channel Nine's breakfast show 

Controversial: Most of the comments on Facebook (above) slammed the 45-year-old for being 'too political', but viewers on Twitter and Instagram were generally much kinder

Controversial: Most of the comments on Facebook (above) slammed the 45-year-old for being 'too political', but viewers on Twitter and Instagram were generally much kinder

Another Today show viewer referred to him as a 'walking time bomb', and argued that only former co-host Lisa Wilkinson, 60, was able to 'contain him'.

'Guess it won't be long before Karl screws up again and then I will be back,' the self-confessed lapsed viewer added. 

Others accused him of showing 'his true colours' to 'boost ratings', and thought he was trying to stir up controversy 'to make himself noticed'. 

Criticism: Others accused him of showing 'his true colours' to 'boost ratings', and thought he was trying to stir up controversy 'to make himself noticed'

Criticism: Others accused him of showing 'his true colours' to 'boost ratings', and thought he was trying to stir up controversy 'to make himself noticed'

One viewer accused him of 'arrogance', and said they would be switching channels. 

'Disappointed to see Karl Stefanovic back. There are so many better and more deserving candidates,' read a similar comment. 

Another person unfairly called him a 'second rate journalist'. 

Supporters: But fans on Twitter (above) were much happier to see Karl back on breakfast television, with one person saying they had 'missed his humour'

Supporters: But fans on Twitter (above) were much happier to see Karl back on breakfast television, with one person saying they had 'missed his

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