Karl Stefanovic joining Lisa Wilkinson on The Project 'would be a turning point'

Alicia Vrajlal
Entertainment Editor
New reports suggest Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson would make the ultimate hosting duo of The Project. Photo: Getty

When it comes to hosting a prime time television, onscreen chemistry can either make or break a show.

One of Australia’s powerhouse TV duos in the past decade has been Lisa Wilkinson and Karl Stefanovic during their time on the Today show.

It’s been six months since Karl left the Channel Nine show, while Lisa famously jumped ship to Channel Ten’s The Project at the start of 2018.

Now there’s reports suggesting Karl joining Lisa on The Project desk would be the perfect television comeback for Stefanovic, as well as a ratings boost for the Channel Ten news and current affairs program.

Lisa joined The Project at the start of 2018 after leaving Today. Photo: Channel Ten

According to TV Blackbox founder and former Studio 10 executive producer Rob McKnight, bringing Lisa and Karl back together on screen is a recipe for success.

“Pairing Lisa and Karl together on The Project would be a turning point for the show, and indeed the network,” he told New Idea magazine.

“The viewers would absolutely love it!”

Yahoo Lifestyle Australia has contacted Channel Ten for comment.

Lisa famously left Today in late 2017, with salary negotiations playing a part in her decision to depart Channel Nine.

Karl finished off hosting the Today show with Georgie Gardner at the end of 2018. Photo: Channel Nine

She officially joined The Project on rival network Ten the following year – a program that has made Waleed Aly and Carrie Bickmore Gold Logie winners in recent years.

More recently she has been co-hosting The Sunday Project alongside Hamish Macdonald.

Meanwhile Karl was famously dumped from the Today show at the end of last year following a string of controversies.

Since the beginning of 2019, Georgie Gardner and Deborah Knight have fronted the breakfast show, with Tom Steinfort replacing Sylvia Jeffreys as newsreader.

Karl, who remains on a multi-million dollar contract, only has This Time Next Year confirmed as an onscreen gig so far.

In April a Nine spokesman told Yahoo Lifestyle Australia: “Karl remains with Nine and will return to air with This Time Next Year later this year”.

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