Lisa Wilkinson ‘concerned’ about Karl Stefanovic’s reaction to memoir

In the lead up to her highly-anticipated tell-all autobiography, It Wasn’t Meant To Be Like This, Lisa Wilkinson is reportedly ‘anxious’ about some of the revelations she’s included.

The memoir, which is set for release October 27, is said to detail her decision to leave Nine, as well as what it was like working with her former co-host Karl Stefanovic.

Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson.
Lisa is reportedly ‘anxious’ about how she is portraying Karl in her upcoming memoir. Photo: Channel Nine

According to The Australian, the 61-year-old has been having a number of discussions with former colleagues and close friends over how to accurately portray the Today host.

Lisa, who has been a presenter on Channel 10’s The Project for the past three years, is reportedly “concerned" with what Karl’s reaction will be as he “may not love how he is depicted”.

“Lisa knows that Karl is a big part of the story and that he will be a drawcard for the book. But she has also agonised over how he is portrayed, because he’s a complex character to get down in writing,” a source claims.


The publication also alleges that Lisa was still working on the manuscript up until August to make sure she delivered an accurate depiction of their relationship.

Her departure from Today in 2017 was widely speculated to be because she was refused equal pay with Karl, and she has previously confirmed that they haven’t stayed in touch since parting ways.

Lisa Wilkinson on The Project.
Lisa joined The Project shortly after leaving Today in 2017. Photo: Instagram/lisa_wilkinson

Lisa’s upcoming memoir will also cover her extensive journalism career, including becoming the youngest editor of Dolly magazine at 21 years old and later the editor of Cleo, as well as her relationship with her husband Peter FitzSimons and how they first met.

After the book’s announcement last year, publisher Catherine Milne said in a statement to NCA NewsWire that it will be a “standout success”.

“Lisa has been one of Australia’s leading journalists for many years – sharing and shaping important national conversations,” she said.

“Australians of all ages love and respect her warmth, empathy, humour, intelligence, integrity – and fighting spirit.”

Lisa Wilkinson's book.
Lisa’s autobiography ‘It Wasn’t Meant To Be Like This’ is set for release October 27. Photo: Instagram/lisa_wilkinson

The release of Lisa’s autobiography comes just a few months after she reportedly signed a ‘lucrative’ new deal with Network Ten and The Project.

The multi-year contract will focus on hard news issues and will allow Lisa to report on ‘the treatment of women both in the workplace and in broader society’, according to The Australian.

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