Lisa Wilkinson on Today show exit and 'feud' with Karl Stefanovic
She shocked fans when she sensationally quit the Today show in 2017 after 10 years with the programme and now Lisa Wilkinson has revealed the impact the move has had on her life.
Opening up in an interview for The Sunday Telegraph’s Stellar magazine, which Lisa guest edited for the International Women’s Day edition, the 60-year-old said she ‘wouldn’t change any of it’.
“I love it when the alarm goes off and I see the number seven at the front. I wouldn’t change any of it,” Lisa said.
“I’m thrilled that at the age I now am, I’ve never felt more valued as an employee, more engaged with what I do and never felt more excited about what’s ahead because, clearly, I’m in my second half now.”
The TV host went on to say that when you “find yourself in a negative place, to re-evaluate and figure out what you need to do to get back into that positive place”.
Despite being at the helm of the Today show for years with Karl Stefanovic, Lisa hasn’t seen him since her exit, but she is still very close with his sister-in-law, Sylvia Jeffreys.
Rumours had swirled for years that the pair were hitting heads over Lisa’s pay dispute with the network.
Back in November, when it was revealed that Karl Stefanovic would come back to the Today show alongside Allison Langdon, Lisa wished them all nothing but luck.
“Look I was surprised because he now knows what it’s like to sleep past that 3AM alarm but he clearly feels like there’s some unfinished business so I can’t wish those guys anything but luck,” Lisa said Monday morning on Hit105’s Stav, Abby and Matt show.
“They’ve obviously had a pretty tough couple of years so, look I wish them well and you do know the pain of that 3AM alarm and you’re still prepared to do the hard yard. I wish them luck.”
Lisa’s departure from the Today show came after reports swirled that she wouldn’t sign a new contract until she was paid the same amount as her co-host, Karl, who was rumoured to be earning double her pay packet.
When asked what the state of their friendship was like at the time, Lisa put any rumours of a rift between the pair to bed, saying ‘there was no falling out’.
“Karl and I still text each other, we still see each other from time to time,” Lisa said.
“He is hopeless at catching up. He’ll say ‘let’s have dinner on Saturday night’ and then you don’t hear from him again. So Karl, I’m still waiting for dinner.”
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