Lisa Wilkinson leaves Today Show to join rival network after pay dispute

Ruben Ruiz
October 19, 2017

'They were stunned - they called her bluff and said: 'This isn't going anywhere, let's part ways, ' he said.

Wilkinson said "I don't have anything to say at this stage" when asked about new pay negotiations at Nine which reportedly reached $1.8 million a year, still short of Stefanovic's $2 million pay packet.

After a decade on Nine's Today, Lisa is leaving for rival network Channel Ten.

Tim Gilbert, Deb Knight and Richard Wilkins all had kind words for Lisa. "For whatever reason she won't be doing that anymore", he told viewers.

We express our gratitude to Lisa for her 10 years with the Today Show and are disappointed we find ourselves in this position.

Local celebrities are championing Lisa Wilkinson for being a woman who knows her worth and quitting Channel 9's Today show after the network refused to pay her the same as her male colleague, Karl Stefanovic. It's safe to safe to say that we're all a little but shocked and it will take a little while to sink in.He continued: "So for now, just this Lisa".

"So for now this: Thank you". Oh, the calmness! And thank you for all of your support. "Thanks for being a great mum". And thank you for being a great friend. Thanks for being a great interviewer. Thanks for being a great dancer and a truly, truly awful singer.

"Mostly you go with my love, lots of love, all my love".

Jeffreys credited Wilkinson as a role model for young women, 'Here is the thing, seeing is believing for young girls and for young women and what they see in Lisa is a strong, influential, fun and compassionate woman at the very, very top of her game and that is a very powerful thing'.

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The hosts wished Wilkinson a good sleep-in after a decade of 3:30am wake ups, and jokingly hoped that husband Peter FitzSimons was preparing her breakfast.

Peter believes Karl was in a better position to negotiate when he renewed his contract with Nine a year ago as 'he didn't have all this baggage of the marital thing'.

Through a window, a television tuned into the Today program could be seen playing in a family room, according to The Advertiser.

On Twitter, she posted a statement from Channel Nine, in which the network said it was "unable to meet the expectations of Lisa Wilkinson and her manager on a contract renewal".

Within hours Wilkinson announced she had secured a deal with the troubled Ten network to present the new Sunday Project and to be a presenter on The Project, despite the network being in receivership.

'Nine will be going in another direction and will be considering our options in the coming weeks and months'.

Karl Stefanovic has led the tributes on The Today Show this morning, honouring his co-host Lisa Wilkinson, who just hours earlier announced her shock exit from the breakfast program to join The Project on Channel Ten reportedly due to a pay gap dispute.

Editorial note: Lisa Wilkinson is Editor at Large of HuffPost Australia.

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