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Karl Stefanovic failed to turn up for work on Monday's Today show.
Addressing his absence early in the broadcast, Karl's co-host Ally Langdon explained that he'd fallen ill and had to stay home.
'Our top story is the reason why Karl has not turned up to work this morning we have decided. Sadly, he is at home sick this morning,' Ally told viewers.
Karl Stefanovic, 47, (pictured) failed to turn up for work on Monday's Today show after falling ill over the weekend
Ally was joined on the desk by newsreader Alex Cullen, entertainment reporter Brooke Boney and news reporter Lara Vella.
The timing couldn't have come at a worse time for Karl, 47, who on Friday revealed his two-year-old daughter Harper had been rushed to hospital with a fever.
Karl, who shares Harper with his wife Jasmine Yarbrough, explained on Friday how his daughter had 'the sniffles and a small cough' on Wednesday, which led to him and wife Jasmine, 38, taking her to the GP.
But her condition soon deteriorated, with her temperature reaching a dangerous 40°C and her heart rate racing to 200bpm.
Addressing his absence early in the broadcast, Karl's co-host Ally Langdon (pictured) explained that he'd fallen ill and had to stay home
The timing couldn't have come at a worse time for Karl, who on Friday revealed his two-year-old daughter Harper had been rushed to hospital with a fever
She was then rushed to hospital in an ambulance and diagnosed with a respiratory syncytial virus, which are common in children in the winter months.
'Two days ago, my daughter Harper had what's she had so many times this year, a sniffle and a small cough,' Karl told Today show viewers.
'Within a few hours we gave her Nurofen and Panadol like advised and put her down for a sleep.
'When she woke up she was breathing really quickly, wheezing, and her heart rate and temperature were through the roof.'
Karl explained on Friday how his daughter (right) had 'the sniffles and a small cough' on Wednesday, which led to him and wife Jasmine, 38, (centre) taking her to the GP
Karl went on to explain that things quickly went from bad to worse, with little Harper eventually ending up in hospital.
'So we took her to our GP who was brilliant,' he said.
'But within a couple of minutes her condition deteriorated, her temperature was more than 40 [degrees] and her heartbeat was climbing over 200bpm. We were really worried.'
The breakfast TV anchor explained how the 'incredible' GP was able to stabilise her with a nebuliser and called an ambulance.
Karl is seen here with Jasmine and Harper, plus his teenage daughter Willow, at Vivid Sydney
'From the ambulance, the ambulance officers were incredible,' he continued.
'At North Shore Hospital, more doctors worked on her and she was admitted after several hours to emergency.
'They did an incredible job and the