Everyone has a “Lisa Wilkinson” moment. A recollection of an interview, a monologue, a chat with her co-hosts when you’ve thought – yes, that’s what I’m feeling.
For 10 years, as she co-hosted The Today Show, Wilkinson has informed us on everything from celebrity drama to political news, adding insight and perspective to the issues facing Australians.
Yesterday, we learned the 57-year-old was leaving her seat on the morning show, and that – because Channel Nine allegedly chose to sever ties immediately after they’d failed to reach an agreement (i.e. equality) regarding her pay – she wouldn’t be able to farewell her fans on air.
“I’m sad to say that today was my last day on The Today Show,” Wilkinson posted to Twitter, alongside a statement from Channel Nine.
— Lisa Wilkinson (@Lisa_Wilkinson) October 16, 2017
This morning, we were holding our breath as Today went to air.
We were waiting, waiting for someone – particularly the man who has sat beside her for 10 years, Karl Stefanovic – to react to the news. “It came as quite a shock,” he said while reading headlines regarding Wilkinson’s “shock resignation” as the show started.
Finally, at 7:30am – two hours into the show – Wilkinson was given a farewell from the network she served so valiantly.
“For 10 years she handled the early hours with a grace, beauty, intelligence and wicked sense of humour,” Stefanovic told the audience as a video montage began.
“Thank you for the laughs, the sage advice, the calmness, oh, the calmness,” he continued. “Thank you for all of your support. Thank you for being a great colleague. Thanks for being a great interviewer. Thanks for being a great dancer and a truly, truly terrible singer. Thanks for being a great mum – I know you value that more than anything else. And thank you for being a great friend.”