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Lisa Wilkinson Quits The Today Show In Shock Announcement

Lisa Wilkinson Quits The Today Show In Shock Announcement”

A veteran TV host and journalist, Wilkinson had been at the Today Show for ten years in May this year. Wilkinson with Today host Karl Stefanovic.

Nine's Director of News and Current Affairs Darren Wick said that efforts had been made to negotiate a new contract for almost six months, but the two parties could not come to terms.

Lisa Wilkinson, 57, announced that because the Nine Network had been "unable to meet her expectations", she was joining Channel Ten's The Project.

"The following statement is from Channel Nine." she wrote on Twitter. "I would particularly like to thank my colleagues Karl, Slyvia, Georgie, Tim, Richard, Stevie and Natalia, as well as the hard-working producers and the entire team behind the cameras - every one of them has contributed to the incredible success of the show over the years".

Nine's Director of News and Current Affairs Darren Wick said that Wilkinson's departure was prompted by a failed salary negotiation that went about for half a year.

The talks between her and the Nine Network were held up because of her demand to have pay parity on the breakfast programme with her co-host, Karl Stefanovic, The Daily Telegraph and other media outlets reported.

"Most particularly though I want to thank the Today Show audience who have been so supportive and incredibly loyal to me over the last decade".

"We all wish her well for the future". "I can never thank you enough and I look forward to seeing you soon".

She replaced Jessica Rowe but the role has been home to some of Nine's biggest stars including A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw and Liz Hayes, now with 60 Minutes. The network apparently increased its offer to $1.8 million, but she was adamant that she should earn equally as her colleague.

Earlier this month, Wilkinson and husband Peter FitzSimons renewed their wedding vows to mark their 25 anniversary.

Wilkinson joined Today in 2007 and this year celebrated her 10 anniversary on the breakfast program. She wanted to thank them all for their support and their loyalty.



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