Stefanovic Notes Departure Of Long-Time Co-Host Wilkinson After Pay Equity Dispute


Lisa Wilkinson confirmed the news on Monday night saying she had appeared on the morning TV show for the final time.

A short time later, she revealed she had signed on as a host of Channel 10's The Project, in a deal that will reportedly make her the highest paid woman on Australian television.

"Certainly from my perspective, it has been an enormous, tremendous privilege to share a part of Lisa's Today Show chapter and above all it is a tremendous privilege to share a attractive friendship with her and I know that will continue for a very long time to come", Sylvia said.

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While Nine reportedly offered Ms Wilkinson $1.8 million, it didn't stop her departure.

"Most particularly though I want to thank the Today Show audience who have been so supportive and incredibly loyal to me over the last decade", she wrote.

Lisa Wilkinson's ex Today Show colleagues have taken a moment to thank the former anchor after she blindsided the panel with her decision to jump ship to Channel Ten.

The contract talks between the two parties were reported to have been "abruptly terminated" on Monday during a hastily arranged meeting in which "the Nine boss decided not to renew Wilkinson's contract which expires at the end of the year", The Daily Telegraph said.

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'It came as a bit of a shock to us, ' Karl confessed, as he read each one out.

Nine sources said Stefanovic was paid more than Wilkinson because co-hosting Today is not his only job.

"For 10 years Lisa has dragged herself out of bed at 3.30 in the morning, fed the dogs and cats, put a load of washing on, come into work and sat on my left", he said.

"Further collaborations between Lisa and Network Ten will be announced in the coming months".

"So for now this, thank you".

"The rest I will leave for you when I see you, but whatever you do and wherever you go, you do so having made your mark on this show and on this man".

"You go from being a journalist on the road sitting in gutters and crime scenes covering stories and being out and about every day and being on air for a minute and a half potentially during a 6 o'clock bulletin to being on air three and a half hours ..."

"So much love for you Lis, you're proud, you're passionate, you're principled, you are much admired and much loved by our viewers and the broader community, all the very best and we wish you all of our love".