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Lisa Wilkinson reveals what her relationship with former co-host Karl Stefanovic is REALLY like 

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Lisa Wilkinson reveals what her relationship with former co-host Karl Stefanovic is REALLY like 

Lisa Wilkinson left the Today show in 2017 over a reported pay gap dispute.

And The Project star, 61, has revealed how she really felt after being ousted from the show after 10 years on air – and divulged on whether she stays in touch with her former co-star, Karl Stefanovic, 47.

‘I needed a number of years to pass for me to be able to reflect upon that time, because it was pretty hard to live through,’ she told Stellar Magazine on Saturday. 

Open book: Lisa Wilkinson (left) left the Today show in 2017 over a reported pay gap dispute. And The Project star, 61, has revealed how she really felt after being ousted from the show after 10 years on air - and divulged on whether she stays in touch with her former co-star, Karl Stefanovic, 47 (right)

Open book: Lisa Wilkinson (left) left the Today show in 2017 over a reported pay gap dispute. And The Project star, 61, has revealed how she really felt after being ousted from the show after 10 years on air - and divulged on whether she stays in touch with her former co-star, Karl Stefanovic, 47 (right)

Open book: Lisa Wilkinson (left) left the Today show in 2017 over a reported pay gap dispute. And The Project star, 61, has revealed how she really felt after being ousted from the show after 10 years on air – and divulged on whether she stays in touch with her former co-star, Karl Stefanovic, 47 (right) 

Lisa will discuss her departure in her new memoir, It Wasn’t Meant To Be Like This. 

‘In writing the book, I had to go back and understand what everyone else was consuming about my story,’ she said. 

‘And it was quite shocking some of the narrative that was put out there by my previous employer. I feel that there was a lot that was said that was untrue. And I won’t say that some of the things I read weren’t pretty painful’. 

The TV star goes on to say that she and Karl are no longer in touch, despite sitting together on the Today show desk for a decade. 

‘We don’t really have one,’ she said of the status of their current relationship. ‘But I wish him well. Everyone has moved on’.

It comes after claims that the presenter is now reportedly worried about how Karl might react to his portrayal in her upcoming autobiography, It Wasn’t Meant To Be Like This.

According to The Australian, Lisa has confided to friends that she is ‘concerned’ about how Karl will view the memoir, with suggestions that he may not like how he is depicted.

‘Lisa knows that Karl is a big part of the story and that he will be a drawcard for the book,’ one source told the publication.

‘She has also agonised over how he is portrayed, because he’s a complex character to get down in writing.’

'She has also agonised over how he is portrayed': According to The Australian, Lisa has confided to friends that she is 'concerned' about how Karl will view her upcoming memoir, with suggestions that he may not like how he is depicted

'She has also agonised over how he is portrayed': According to The Australian, Lisa has confided to friends that she is 'concerned' about how Karl will view her upcoming memoir, with suggestions that he may not like how he is depicted

‘She has also agonised over how he is portrayed’: According to The Australian, Lisa has confided to friends that she is ‘concerned’ about how Karl will view her upcoming memoir, with suggestions that he may not like how he is depicted

Reports: Lisa was believed to have quit Today because Karl, 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. Pictured on Ten's The Project

Reports: Lisa was believed to have quit Today because Karl, 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. Pictured on Ten's The Project

Reports: Lisa was believed to have quit Today because Karl, 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. Pictured on Ten’s The Project

The publication claims Lisa told friends that the book has left her ‘stressed’, and that she’s worried the focus of media attention will be what she thinks about Karl.

It is understood that ‘no juicy detail will be off limits’ in the Harper Collins autobiography – that will also reportedly include her marriage to Peter FitzSimons.

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Lisa was believed to have quit Today because Karl, 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.  

Decade-long working relationship: Lisa sat alongside Karl on the Today show for 10 years, before leaving Nine in October 2017 over a reported gender pay gap dispute

Decade-long working relationship: Lisa sat alongside Karl on the Today show for 10 years, before leaving Nine in October 2017 over a reported gender pay gap dispute

Decade-long working relationship: Lisa sat alongside Karl on the Today show for 10 years, before leaving Nine in October 2017 over a reported gender pay gap dispute 

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)

Lisa, a former magazine editor, 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

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

Since joining The Sunday Project in 2018, Lisa has landed sit-down interviews with the likes of Kim Kardashian, Kylie Minogue and Bradley Cooper. 

Read more: In this week's issue of Stellar with Lisa Wilkinson on the cover

Read more: In this week's issue of Stellar with Lisa Wilkinson on the cover

Read more: In this week’s issue of Stellar with Lisa Wilkinson on the cover

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