Today: Karl Stefanovic breaks down live on air speaking to his mother

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Today host Karl Stefanovic breaks down live on air as he talks about his beloved mother Jenny: ‘I had a thing in my eye!’

Karl Stefanovic welled up live on the Today show on Friday while speaking about his beloved mother Jenny.

The 47-year-old became emotional during a segment about Mother’s Day, after which Jenny, 72, made a surprise appearance.

‘I had a thing in my eye!’ Karl said when asked why he was getting teary.

'I had a thing in my eye!' Karl Stefanovic (left, with Allison Langdon) welled up live on the Today show on Friday while speaking about his beloved mother Jenny

‘I had a thing in my eye!’ Karl Stefanovic (left, with Allison Langdon) welled up live on the Today show on Friday while speaking about his beloved mother Jenny

‘Hey, Jenny, you would have heard, Karl was talking about you before and he got emotional,’ Today co-host Allison Langdon began.

‘I had a thing in my eye!’ Karl joked.  

Jenny, who was joined by Allison, Brooke Boney and Alex Cullen’s mothers, said it was sweet to see her son get emotional. 

Surprise guest! The 47-year-old became emotional during a segment about Mother's Day, after which Jenny Stefanovic (pictured) made a surprise appearance

Surprise guest! The 47-year-old became emotional during a segment about Mother’s Day, after which Jenny Stefanovic (pictured) made a surprise appearance

‘That was really nice of you, Karl, to do that, that sensitivity,’ Jenny said.

Karl quipped: ‘I’m very vulnerable. I guess I got that from dad!’ 

Jenny said Karl would always perform pantomimes at home as a child, adding that he ‘used to act quite well’.

Touched: Jenny, who was joined by Allison, Brooke Boney and Alex Cullen's mothers, said it was sweet to see her son get emotional. (Pictured: Karl with Jenny and his wife Jasmine)

Touched: Jenny, who was joined by Allison, Brooke Boney and Alex Cullen’s mothers, said it was sweet to see her son get emotional. (Pictured: Karl with Jenny and his wife Jasmine)

Karl is the eldest of the Stefanovic brothers, including Sky News anchor Peter, 40, and camera operator-turned-farmer Tom, 37.

Jenny has developed a cult following on Instagram, where she likes to boast about her sons’ achievements with her 1,500 followers.

A glance at Jenny’s profile reveals she is Karl’s biggest fan, regularly sharing his press clippings and childhood photographs. 

Proud mum: Jenny has developed a cult following on Instagram, where she likes to boast about her sons' achievements with her 1,500 followers

Proud mum: Jenny has developed a cult following on Instagram, where she likes to boast about her sons’ achievements with her 1,500 followers

At the height of Peter and Karl’s ‘Ubergate’ controversy, protective mum Jenny even weighed in on her sons’ struggles in a candid post.

She wrote: ‘[My sons have] seen suffering and devastation throughout the world. They have all worked hard for themselves and the Nine Network and they will overcome these changes as well.’

She is also a doting grandmother and is regularly seen on the Instagram accounts of her sons and daughters-in-law, including Jasmine Yarbrough and Sylvia Jeffreys. 

Family matriarch: She is also a doting grandmother and is regularly seen on the Instagram accounts of her sons and daughters-in-law, including Jasmine Yarbrough and Sylvia Jeffreys

Family matriarch: She is also a doting grandmother and is regularly seen on the Instagram accounts of her sons and daughters-in-law, including Jasmine Yarbrough and Sylvia Jeffreys

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