Steve Liebmann, Tracy Grimshaw and Sarah Murdoch visited Today as part of the show’s 30th Anniversary yesterday.
The former hosts joined Karl Stefanovic, Lisa Wilkinson, Richard Wilkins, Georgie Gardiner and Ben Fordham.
Former host Sue Kellaway who started the show with Steve Liebmann was on video link in London. Liz Hayes also appeared in a pre-recorded message.
Former weatherman Monty Dwyer joined Steve Jacobs.
Steve Liebmann attributed the show’s success to Sam Chisholm.
“He said you leave the battles to me, you just go and take care of the show,” he said.
Kellaway said, “It was all completely new. Nobody knew how to do it because nobody had done it. We were flying by the seat of our pants a lot of the time.”
Murdoch said she hadn’t enjoyed any other TV role as much working on Today.
Grimshaw said the only thing that made presenters ever leave were the early hours.
“There would never have been the cavalcade of hosts on this show over the years if it was not for the hours. Because no-one would ever leave. It’s the only thing that finishes you, I think.”
Murdoch also confirmed that Karl Stefanovic had spent his post-Logies night socialising with her and Lachlan Murdoch in their hotel room before he went on air.
The show also remembered Eric Walters and Ian Ross.
PM Julia Gillard also sent a video message.
Today show hosts:
Steve Liebmann and Sue Kellaway 1982 – 1985
Steve Liebmann and Patrice Newell 1986
Steve Liebmann and Liz Hayes 1986-1987
Liz Hayes and George Negus 1987- 1989
Liz Hayes and Steve Liebmann 1990- 1996
Steve Liebmann and Tracy Grimshaw 1996-2005
Tracy Grimshaw and Karl Stefanovic 2005
Karl Stefanovic and Jessica Rowe 2006
Karl Stefanovic and Sarah Murdoch 2007
Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson 2007 to present
You can see the videos here.