Karl Stefanovic has used his hosting duties on A Current Affair to swing his support behind Rebel Wilson after her record-breaking defamation win.
On Wednesday, the Victorian Supreme Court ruled the Pitch Perfect star should receive just over $4.5 million in damages over a series of Woman's Day articles that implied she was a serial liar.
Australia's entertainment industry has now thrown its support behind the Australian actress, with Today co-hosts Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson praising the 37-year-old for taking on Bauer Media's magazine empire and winning.
While hosting A Current Affair, Stefanovic likened Women's Day to trashy fiction.
"I would never tell any of you what to read or how to spend your money, but I for one will not be losing any sleep over that defamation judgement," he said. "The material inside that magazine can bear little resemblance to the truth. So treat it for what it is - Mills and Boon. Just not as good."
Wilkinson, meanwhile, was over making a guest appearance on Channel 10's The Project to say the judgment took her breath away.
"I think this payout is beyond her wildest dreams and Bauer Media's worst nightmare," she said.
"There's a lot of celebrities who really copped it in recent times who will be very emboldened by Rebel's move and the result today. I can think of a couple of people I know personally who will be looking at this result very, very closely and I think the magazine editors themselves will have to really rethink the way they do these stories.
"I think today is partly a victory for truth in journalism."
Wilkinson hinted that Stefanovic would have a "wry smile" on his face after the damages were handed down. The Project panellists then joked that Karl might call in the lawyers given gossip websites such as The Daily Mail have targeted him in recent months.
In June, the website ran a story saying the Today host checked into a caravan park with a female colleague and a 12-pack of rum while his girlfriend was "nowhere to be seen".
Stefanovic later set the record straight, slamming the publication's "cheap, lazy, sexist" slurs and pointing out he was at the caravan park to do a story.