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Lisa Wilkinson felt ‘humiliated’ when dismissed by Nine over reported gender pay gap dispute

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Lisa Wilkinson felt 'humiliated' when dismissed by Nine over reported gender pay gap dispute

Lisa Wilkinson recalled feeling ‘humiliated’ when she was dismissed from Nine and the Today show in October 2017 over a reported gender pay gap dispute.  

The 61-year-old, who sat alongside co-host Karl Stefanovic for 10 years before joining The Sunday Project in 2018, fought back tears as she told The Sunday Project’s Hamish Macdonald how ‘pathetic’ she felt when told by her agent of her ousting.

When asked just how ‘big’ the pay gap was, Lisa hinted at it being quite significant and said she was ‘very expendable’.

Emotional: Lisa Wilkinson (pictured), 61, fought back tears as she revealed on The Sunday Project how she felt 'humiliated, betrayed and pathetic' when she was dismissed from Nine and the Today show in October 2017 over a reported gender pay gap dispute

Emotional: Lisa Wilkinson (pictured), 61, fought back tears as she revealed on The Sunday Project how she felt 'humiliated, betrayed and pathetic' when she was dismissed from Nine and the Today show in October 2017 over a reported gender pay gap dispute

Emotional: Lisa Wilkinson (pictured), 61, fought back tears as she revealed on The Sunday Project how she felt ‘humiliated, betrayed and pathetic’ when she was dismissed from Nine and the Today show in October 2017 over a reported gender pay gap dispute

Lisa revealed that she was told by her agent of her dismissal from Nine while standing ‘in aisle six at Woolies (sic) holding a can of tuna’.

‘I felt stupid and humiliated and betrayed… and pretty pathetic,’ she said, fighting back tears.

The former magazine editor revealed how Nine was unaware she was looking for employment elsewhere while the reported gender pay gap dispute was discussed.

Abrupt departure: Lisa sat alongside Karl Stefanovic (left), 47, for 10 years before joining The Sunday Project in 2018. The former magazine editor revealed how Nine was unaware she was looking for employment elsewhere while the reported gender pay gap dispute was discussed

Abrupt departure: Lisa sat alongside Karl Stefanovic (left), 47, for 10 years before joining The Sunday Project in 2018. The former magazine editor revealed how Nine was unaware she was looking for employment elsewhere while the reported gender pay gap dispute was discussed

Abrupt departure: Lisa sat alongside Karl Stefanovic (left), 47, for 10 years before joining The Sunday Project in 2018. The former magazine editor revealed how Nine was unaware she was looking for employment elsewhere while the reported gender pay gap dispute was discussed

‘No one knew I had this offer from Channel Ten. I think the idea was to humiliate me because I’d been in negotiations to try and close the gender pay gap,’ she said.

When asked just how ‘big’ the pay gap was, Lisa hinted at it being quite significant.

‘Doesn’t get much bigger than the gap that I experienced. I was very expendable. I didn’t even get a chance to say goodbye to the audience. I was told, “That’s it”.’

The journalist went on to admit that she’s ‘not really in touch’ with former co-host Karl and took a few moments before responding to whether she’d like to be friends.

Moving on: The journalist went on to admit that she's 'not really in touch' with former co-host Karl and took a few moments before responding to whether she'd like to be friends

Moving on: The journalist went on to admit that she's 'not really in touch' with former co-host Karl and took a few moments before responding to whether she'd like to be friends

Moving on: The journalist went on to admit that she’s ‘not really in touch’ with former co-host Karl and took a few moments before responding to whether she’d like to be friends 

‘I’d rather we didn’t use this, if you don’t mind,’ she said, while pausing to reflect. ‘I don’t want to look like… but I was hurt. I was hurt. But you pick up and you move on and that’s exactly what I did.’   

Lisa was believed to have quit Today because Karl, 47, as her male co-host, was reportedly earning $2million a year with a potential bonus that could take his salary to $3million if ratings were a hit, The Australian wrote in 2017.  

Lisa was said to be on a $1.1million a year contract, with Nine only willing to increase the amount to $1.8million, according to The Daily Telegraph.    

Painful: 'I'd rather we didn't use this, if you don't mind,' she said, while pausing to reflect. 'I don't want to look like... but I was hurt. I was hurt. But you pick up and you move on and that's exactly what I did'

Painful: 'I'd rather we didn't use this, if you don't mind,' she said, while pausing to reflect. 'I don't want to look like... but I was hurt. I was hurt. But you pick up and you move on and that's exactly what I did'

Painful: ‘I’d rather we didn’t use this, if you don’t mind,’ she said, while pausing to reflect. ‘I don’t want to look like… but I was hurt. I was hurt. But you pick up and you move on and that’s exactly what I did’ 

Rival network: Since joining The Sunday Project in 2018, Lisa has landed sit-down interviews with A-list stars. Pictured with co-hosts Tommy Little (left) and Waleed Aly (right)

Rival network: Since joining The Sunday Project in 2018, Lisa has landed sit-down interviews with A-list stars. Pictured with co-hosts Tommy Little (left) and Waleed Aly (right)

Rival network: Since joining The Sunday Project in 2018, Lisa has landed sit-down interviews with A-list stars. Pictured with co-hosts Tommy Little (left) and Waleed Aly (right)

The amount was reportedly not enough for her to stay with the network, prompting her departure. 

In an interview with The Herald Sun in December 2018, Lisa applauded the ‘integrity’ and high ‘calibre’ of her colleagues at Ten, referencing Carrie Bickmore, Fifi Box, Amanda Keller, Julia Morris and Gorgi Coghlan.

‘One of the absolute bonuses that I really hadn’t anticipated in moving to Ten, is the calibre of my colleagues,’ she said.    

Since joining Ten, Lisa has quickly become the network’s ‘go-to’ for securing sit-down interviews with A-list stars including David Beckham and Kim Kardashian. 

However with Covid and international travel restrictions, The Australian believes Lisa has changed her approach to focus on issues at home that she’s passionate about. 

Causes close to her heart: However with Covid and international travel restrictions, The Australian believes Lisa has changed her approach to focus on issues at home that she's passionate about

Causes close to her heart: However with Covid and international travel restrictions, The Australian believes Lisa has changed her approach to focus on issues at home that she's passionate about

Causes close to her heart: However with Covid and international travel restrictions, The Australian believes Lisa has changed her approach to focus on issues at home that she’s passionate about

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