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Karl Stefanovic's awkward interview with Bindi Irwin leaves viewers shocked

Karl Stefanovic's awkward interview with Bindi Irwin leaves viewers shocked

Karl Stefanovic took Bindi Irwin and her boyfriend Chandler Powell by surprise on Thursday as he made a comment that many would consider inappropriate.

The young couple appeared on the breakfast show to celebrate the legacy of Bindi’s father by promoting Steve Irwin Day at Australia Zoo.

The pair were seen smiling from ear to ear as they spoke fondly of the famous zoo keeper who passed away in 2006 after a stingray injury to his heart.

But it didn’t take long for Karl to intervene as he implied that Steve would not have approved of Chandler.

“Chandler, I don’t want to be uncharitable, but I’m not sure Steve would have liked you,” said Karl.

“I’m not sure Steve would have liked anyone going out with his daughter,” he continued.

“You can imagine what he would have said … ‘Crikey, if you want to go out with Bindi, you have to go wrestle a komodo’ or something.”

He went on to say: “Just that sheer legacy and that sheer manliness, it’s a lot to live up to.”

Chandler, who was taken aback by Karl’s comments, didn’t let it get to him as he responded carefully.

“Definitely. And it definitely is an honour just to be able to continue his legacy and I’m the luckiest guy in the world,” he replied.

But that didn’t stop Karl from poking further, as he tried to add a few more snide remarks before Bindi stepped in.

“I think Dad would have said you’ve got to swim the croc pond first and you’ll be set. So lucky Chandler used to wakeboard,” said Bindi.

“It works out!” she went on to add, before sighing: “Oh dear.”

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