The Today show rarely comes close to Sunrise in the battle of breakfast TV ratings.

And Channel Seven producer Michael Pell has welcomed the healthy competition, while backing a campaign to bring Karl Stefanovic back to rival Nine’s Today show. 

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph on Sunday, Michael admitted he has a recording on his phone of Pauline Hanson repeating, ‘Should we bring Karl back?’

Sunrise producer Michael Pell (centre) has backed a campaign to bring Karl Stefanovic back to Today. Pictured Michael with Sunrise's Samantha Armytage and David Koch at the Logies

Sunrise producer Michael Pell (centre) has backed a campaign to bring Karl Stefanovic back to Today. Pictured Michael with Sunrise's Samantha Armytage and David Koch at the Logies

Sunrise producer Michael Pell (centre) has backed a campaign to bring Karl Stefanovic back to Today. Pictured Michael with Sunrise’s Samantha Armytage and David Koch at the Logies 

The soundbite was taken from a fiery interview between Pauline and Deborah Knight in May, where she blamed the blonde for the Nine show’s declining ratings. 

When asked about rumours this is his ringtone, Michael admitted: ‘I play it a lot and people say it should be my ringtone because I play it so often.’ 

Michael began his position as executive producer of Sunrise in November 2010, replacing Adam Boland who left to create his own company.  

Bizarre: Speaking to The Daily Telegraph on Sunday, Michael, 36, admitted he has a recording on his phone of Pauline Hanson repeating, 'Should we bring Karl [Stefanovic] back?'

Bizarre: Speaking to The Daily Telegraph on Sunday, Michael, 36, admitted he has a recording on his phone of Pauline Hanson repeating, 'Should we bring Karl [Stefanovic] back?'

Bizarre: Speaking to The Daily Telegraph on Sunday, Michael, 36, admitted he has a recording on his phone of Pauline Hanson repeating, ‘Should we bring Karl [Stefanovic] back?’ 

'I play it a lot and people say it should be my ringtone because I play it so often,' said Michael of the soundbite which pokes fun at Karl (pictured) and his sacking from Today last year

'I play it a lot and people say it should be my ringtone because I play it so often,' said Michael of the soundbite which pokes fun at Karl (pictured) and his sacking from Today last year

‘I play it a lot and people say it should be my ringtone because I play it so often,’ said Michael of the soundbite which pokes fun at Karl (pictured) and his sacking from Today last year 

In the interview the recording is from, Pauline blamed Deborah Knight for the Today show’s poor ratings following the sacking of Karl in December, 2018.  

Her spray was prompted by Deborah asking her about One Nation’s falling support ahead the Federal Election.   

The Queensland Senator didn’t miss a beat as she hit back at Deborah, attacking both the show’s ratings and her performance in Karl’s position.

Fiery: The audio is from a Today interview in May, where Pauline (pictured) blamed Deborah Knight for the show's poor ratings after replacing sacked Karl

Fiery: The audio is from a Today interview in May, where Pauline (pictured) blamed Deborah Knight for the show's poor ratings after replacing sacked Karl

Fiery: The audio is from a Today interview in May, where Pauline (pictured) blamed Deborah Knight for the show’s poor ratings after replacing sacked Karl 

‘I’ve actually gone up since the last election, unlike your show, Deb, since you have taken over you have gone down in your viewership,’ Pauline said.

‘So, should you hand over your job or should we bring Karl back? Should we bring Karl back? You have a go at me about this all the time.’ 

'Should you hand over your job or should we bring Karl back? Should we bring Karl back?' repeated Pauline, with the brief audio of this clearly amusing Sunrise producer Michael

'Should you hand over your job or should we bring Karl back? Should we bring Karl back?' repeated Pauline, with the brief audio of this clearly amusing Sunrise producer Michael

‘Should you hand over your job or should we bring Karl back? Should we bring Karl back?’ repeated Pauline, with the brief audio of this clearly amusing Sunrise producer Michael 

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