Car loan: Jesinta Campbell and Buddy Franklin getting into Karl Stefanovic’s car. Photo: infausy-42Karl Stefanovic has come to the car rescue of Jesinta Campbell and her boyfriend Buddy Franklin. Somewhat randomly, Stefanovic offered his car to the couple after the Swans player smashed Campbell’s sponsored vehicle last Wednesday in Rose Bay.
The Today Show host has loaned the car to Campbell while he is overseas on a job filming for 60 Minutes.
The two share a manager, Sharon Finnigan as well as a sponsorship deal with Jeep Chrysler. Finnigan presented all her major stars, including Samantha Armytage and Natalie Barr, with the key to a Jeep Cherokee as a Christmas bonus in December 2012.
Campbell and Franklin were photographed driving in Stefanovic’s Jeep SRT 8 – a top-of-the-range Jeep Cherokee – as the pair visited Finnigan. They were pictured collecting items of clothing and loading them into the car.
Campbell is driving Stefanovic’s car until her new car is ready to be collected on Friday. Her promo vehicle was a completely written-off after Franklin’s unexplained crash into three parked vehicles on Old South Head Road last week.
”Karl had to shoot a story overseas so he said to Jess to ‘use the car while I’m away’,” Finnigan told Fairfax Media on Wednesday.
”Fiat Chrysler needed a couple of days to get sorted and are getting her another car on Friday. It will be an Alfa Romeo she will be driving, I think, till they get a Jeep in.”
Finnigan said the loan was simply a friend being a friend.
”They’re great mates and lending her his car while he was away seemed obvious. He said ‘use mine, I’m going overseas – yours will be ready to use this week’.”
Stefanovic’s sponsor car is the same as the one Campbell wrote off, although his is Gold and hers was a darker silver-grey colour. The original car is reported to be in a smash repair yard in Brookvale.
Franklin was charged with negligent driving following the incident. He registered a negative breath test and denied he was texting at the time of the accident.
“I wasn’t texting, I wasn’t doing anything at all, I wasn’t speeding. It was just an accident, accidents happen,” he said at the time. “I am truly sorry for the inconvenience I have caused.”
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