Karl told the Daily Mail that he was not saying his former colleagues were like the movie villain.
"Kyle and I were talking about a former Russian president, not the Today show cast,' the Channel Nine star said. 'He has a fertile, funny and disturbing imagination. I don't know how Jackie puts up with him."
"For the record, I wake up with Today, not KIIS. And Kyle can KIIS my ass."
Georgie commented on Stefanovic's departure, saying, "To be honest, all jokes aside, it was a very tough week."
"They were my colleagues and they were my team last year and that's been a tricky transition."
"No secret meetings. I'd actually left town and was quite removed. Obviously I was involved and consulted out of respect in terms of who would be Karl's replacement," she added, praising her new co-anchor.