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Karl Stefanovic says he'd 'rather put his eyeball in a cheese grater' than watch Byron Baes 


Karl Stefanovic has shared his rather brutal response to the launch of Aussie Netflix reality series Byron Baes. 

The show will follow the lives of 14 influencers who help each other grow their businesses, connections and social followings in the idyllic Australian beach town of Byron Bay. 

Discussing the series on Wednesday’s Today show, Karl, 47, made it unequivocally clear he won’t be tuning in.  

Not watching: Karl Stefanovic, 47, (pictured) has shared a rather brutal response to the launch of Aussie Netflix reality series Byron Baes.

Pictured: Byron Baes cast members Hannah Brauer (left) and Sarah Tangye (right)

Not watching: Karl Stefanovic, 47, (left) has shared a rather brutal response to the launch of Aussie Netflix reality series Byron Baes. Pictured left are Byron Baes cast members Hannah Brauer (left) and Sarah Tangye (right) 

When asked by entertainment reporter Brooke Boney what he thought of a trailer for Byron Baes, Karl bluntly replied: ‘I’d rather put my eyeball in a cheese grater.’ 

‘Oh, yuck!’ Brooke exclaimed as Karl quietly chuckled.  

An official trailer for the show dropped on Wednesday ahead of its March 9 arrival on Netflix. 

Story: The show will follow the lives of 14 influencers (pictured) who help each other grow their businesses, connections and social followings in idyllic Australian beach town Byron Bay

Story: The show will follow the lives of 14 influencers (pictured) who help each other grow their businesses, connections and social followings in idyllic Australian beach town Byron Bay 

Thanks, but no thanks! When asked by entertainment reporter Brooke Boney what he thought of a trailer for Byron Baes during Wednesday's Today show, Karl bluntly replied: 'I'd rather put my eyeball in a cheese grater'

Thanks, but no thanks! When asked by entertainment reporter Brooke Boney what he thought of a trailer for Byron Baes during Wednesday’s Today show, Karl bluntly replied: ‘I’d rather put my eyeball in a cheese grater’ 

Surprised: 'Oh, yuck!' Brooke (pictured) exclaimed as Karl quietly chuckled

Surprised: ‘Oh, yuck!’ Brooke (pictured) exclaimed as Karl quietly chuckled 

The clip begins with former Bachelorette star Nathan Favro sitting down at the beach, saying: ‘Byron Bay is one of the most beautiful places in this world.’

‘Our crew of photographers, fashion designers, spiritual healers, we’re all hustling to make a go of it,’ he adds.

A brunette woman is then seen complaining: ‘They haven’t given me a chance. I feel like I am in high school again.’

It's happening! An official trailer for the show dropped on Wednesday ahead of its March 9 arrival on Netflix

It’s happening! An official trailer for the show dropped on Wednesday ahead of its March 9 arrival on Netflix 

The series will have no shortage of drama, with one cast member accusing another of causing ‘beef between two guys’, while influencer Jade Kevin Foster calls someone ‘a f**king joke’.

‘They come for the dreamy beaches, the beautiful sunsets and the high-impact connections,’ the show’s synopsis states.

‘But it can be brutal – and the gossip can be fierce – if you’re from out of town and trying to break into this close-knit community of locals.’ 

Drama: The series will have no shortage of drama, with a brunette complaining, 'They haven't given me a chance. I feel like I am in high school again'

Drama: The series will have no shortage of drama, with a brunette complaining, ‘They haven’t given me a chance. I feel like I am in high school again’

Joining the cast is former reality star Elias Chigros, who appeared on Love Island.

Co-creative director of local boutique BISQUE Hannah Brauer will also appear, alongside Byron Bay couple Dave Frim and Saskia Wotton.

Other stars include influencer Jade Kevin Foster, whose claim to fame is getting a selfie with Kim Kardashian, and ‘spiritualistic therapist’ Simba Ali.

Remember me? Joining the cast are former reality star Elias Chigros (right) who appeared on Love Island, and The Bachelorette's Nathan Favro (left)

Remember me? Joining the cast are former reality star Elias Chigros (right) who appeared on Love Island, and The Bachelorette’s Nathan Favro (left)

Rounding out the gang is Kyle Sandilands’ former assistant-turned-manager Alex Reid, fashion designer Jess Bell and her model sister Lauren. 

The series has been hit with controversy since the moment it was announced. 

Netflix was recently forced to apologise to the stars of the show for painting them as ‘influencers’ and ‘hot Instagrammers’.

Glamorous: Others in the cast include influencer Jade Kevin Foster (left), whose claim to fame is getting a selfie with Kim Kardashian, and 'spiritualistic therapist' Simba Ali

Glamorous: Others in the cast include influencer Jade Kevin Foster (left), whose claim to fame is getting a selfie with Kim Kardashian, and ‘spiritualistic therapist’ Simba Ali

Netflix’s Director of Originals in Australia Que Minh Luu confirmed the cast ‘hated’ a recent press release describing the upcoming series. 

Last year, the series received backlash for not consulting local Indigenous groups or the Byron Council before filming. 

According to the Echo, the Byron Council ‘passed an urgency motion’ that would require producers to get permission before any further filming.

Conflict: One cast member accusing another of causing 'beef between two guys', while Jade calls someone 'a f**king joke'

Conflict: One cast member accusing another of causing ‘beef between two guys’, while Jade calls someone ‘a f**king joke’

Independent Councillor Cate Coorey said: ‘We need to stand up for our community.’

Filming was eventually moved to the Sunshine Coast. 

All eight episodes of Byron Baes will be available on Netflix from March 9. 

Coming soon: All eight episodes of Byron Baes will be available on Netflix from March 9

Coming soon: All eight episodes of Byron Baes will be available on Netflix from March 9

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