OPINION: Karl, where did it go so wrong?
KARL. Karl. Karl.
What's happened with your huge and adoring audience?
Once they feasted on your good looks and rather wicked sense of humour, now they're feasting on the remnants of your broken marriage and fast licking the gold off your Logie.
Why do Aussies have such a profound love/hate relationship with you?
Your sort of cute (for your age), you have a respectable haircut (well I don't recall any sneaky undercuts, layers of product, random spikes or alternative colours going on).
You speak well on a lot of topics, you have never intimidated us with your intellect, you speak your mind in terms we understand.
When you have had to report social inequities, sickness and other world sadnesses you have shown admirable empathy.
You defined the middle of the road, nice guy.
So in respect of the very public marriage breakup of your long term marriage, why can't your fans show the show the same empathy.
Certainly, interest in you hasn't waned since your separation. Put up a 'Karl' story and there's a big bang of interest.
But rather than bucket loads of sympathy, any online story about you provokes a barrage of sour comments.
Oh celebrity fans are a fickle bunch. Rome burns and the crowd plays the fiddle.
The fleeting glory of celebrity.
Kardashians, Karl - it appears we need one or the other, more than each other.
- Gail Forrer is Group Editor of Seniors Newspaper Group.