'Hell would freeze over first': Rowe rules out Today return

Jessica Rowe has ruled out a return to Nine's Today show, saying "hell would freeze over first" before she returned to her old breakfast TV stomping ground.

The Studio 10 host scoffed at rumours she'd been approached to take over the spot left vacant by Lisa Wilkinson's defection to Ten.

"No! Are you joking?" she told KIIS FM hosts Kyle and Jackie O. "I could think of nothing worse... Hell would freeze over first."

Rowe's stint at Today alongside Karl Stefanovic was notoriously short-lived, plagued by poor ratings, viewer criticism and clashes with the network's then CEO Eddie McGuire.

The duo's relationship at Nine soured over headlines McGuire had asked during a meeting, over a discussion about sacking Rowe, "When should we bone her?"

He later denied using the term, saying "I may have said 'burned'."

Rowe later called the media circus during her stint at the network "horrific".

"That year was a terrible time in my life and it was not helped by public abuse, abuse from within the network that I worked at, and abuse from someone who was in charge of that particular network," she said on Studio 10 last year.

Rowe is the latest prominent TV personality to brush off interest in the Today co-hosting role left open since Lisa Wilkinson's shock departure last month.

Rumoured favourites Georgie Gardner, Chris Bath and Rowe's Studio 10 co-host Sarah Harris have all publicly stated they're not interested in taking the gig.

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