TODAY hosts acknowledge Lisa Wilkinson's shock departure from Nine

Carla Harmon
October 17, 2017

Again, it appears an inability to agree on Wilkison's contract was the undoing.

Sources said Wilkinson was offered $1.8m for the breakfast show gig next year but was asking for $2m - closer to what is paid to her co-host, Karl Stefanovic, who is said to be on a $6m three-year-deal.

Wilkinson announced the shock news on Twitter on Monday night, saying she had done her last show. We express our gratitude for Lisa for her 10 years with the Today Show are disappointed we find ourselves in this position. Nine will be going in another direction and will be considering our options in the coming weeks and months.

Lisa Wilkinson has been a part of the Channel 9 team for more than 10 years, but she has resigned, effective immediately, following a long-running dispute with the network over her contract.

"For whatever reason she won't be doing that anymore and it was a surprise to us all".

Wilkinson thanked Nine for the "privilege" of hosting the show for a decade and made special mention of co-host Karl Stefanovic and the rest of the cast and crew, who she said were behind the "incredible success" of the program.

"From my perspective it has been an enormous, a tremendous privilege to share a part of Lisa's Today Show chapter and above all it's a tremendous privilege to share a attractive friendship with her and I know that continues for a very long time to come".

"It came as a bit of a shock to us", Stefanovic said on the show. "I can never thank you enough and I look forward to seeing you soon".

Her decision to quit followed failed pay negotiations where Nine reportedly would not match her salary with co-host Karl Stefanovic. "Got a new job in 45 minutes!" in reaction to the news.

Wilkinson will also host The Sunday Project, with the program having recently expanded to six nights a week.

Ten is set to be taken over by the American CBS network but its shares were last week declared to be worthless by KPMG.

While Wilkinson is expected to begin her time at Network Ten on The Project, there is speculation new owner CBS has plans to make the most of their new high-profile star in a role similar to that seen by Katie Couric and Diane Sawyer in the US.

And Lisa's fearless move paid off as Channel Ten have welcomed her with open arms to join their panel on the hugely popular show The Project amid reports from The Daily Telegraph she's set to become the highest-paid woman in Australia.

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