The Project's Lisa Wilkinson moves to US after Logies speech

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Lisa Wilkinson will not be returning to The Project desk this month as originally planned.

The host, who has not been live on the show since June, will now be returning in August, according to The Australian.

The Project's Lisa Wilkinson
The Project's Lisa Wilkinson 'will now make the US her base' for several weeks after the fallout from her Logies speech. Photo: Ten

Lisa has taken a four-week break since her infamous Logies acceptance speech for Most Outstanding News Coverage or Public Affairs Report for her 2021 interview with Brittany Higgins

The speech saw lawyers for Bruce Lehrmann, who is accused of rape, successfully temporarily delay his trial, sparking outrage in the media.

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According to The Australian, Lisa's absence was due to the "high emotional 'toll'" from the speech and rather than returning to the desk, she was "quietly and securely whisked out of Australia and into Los Angeles".

The publication claims Lisa "will now make the US her base" for the coming weeks and will file interviews with A-list stars and packaged stories for the show from LA and New York.

Lisa Wilkinson with former Olympic swimmer Michael Klim
Lisa last appeared on The Sunday Project on July 10 with a pre-recorded interview with former Olympic swimmer Michael Klim. Photo: Instagram/Lisa Wilkinson

The trip was already planned as part of Lisa's annual leave, but her absence from the show was extended, with The Australian adding, "She'll be dialling in from her new-found Hollywood base as The Project's roving reporter."

Lisa last appeared on The Sunday Project on July 10 with a pre-recorded interview with former Olympic swimmer Michael Klim, who shared his secret health battle.

Carrie Bickmore recently returned from her stint overseas and has been back on the desk for the Monday to Wednesday editions of the show, while other hosts will be needed to fill in for Lisa's Thursday, Friday and Sunday instalments.

The publication reports stand-in hosts Georgia Tunny, Sarah Harris, and Rachel Corbett will likely be called on for the job.

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