In one of the biggest shake-ups in Australian television, Lisa Wilkinson has announced she has had her last day at the helm of The Today Show on Channel 9.
And within an hour of announcing that today was her last day on the show, she revealed she had a new job as a co-host on The Project, alongside Waleed Aly and Carrie Bickmore.
— Lisa Wilkinson (@Lisa_Wilkinson) October 16, 2017
No-one was more proud of Lisa’s news than her husband of 25 years, fellow journalist and former Australian professional rugby player, Peter FitzSimons.
“That’s my Missus…Got a new job in 45 minutes!” he tweeted in reaction to the news.
That’;s my Missus.
Got a new job in 45 minutes! https://t.co/mTekvq67NZ
— Peter FitzSimons (@Peter_Fitz) October 16, 2017
Fans were quick to note that Lisa’s new gig meant she would finally get to have a morning lie-in.
Peter – who’s watched his wife wake up before 3am for ten years – admitted the pair were in for “a whole new life”.
Lisa will begin her new "senior hosting and editorial" role with Channel 10 in January 2018, and is likely to become the new face of the network.
Just this week, The Daily Telegraph's Annette Sharpe alleged Lisa was being paid just half of what her male co-host, Karl Stefanovic, takes home each year.
In May, when Wilkinson herself was pressed on the claims in an interview with Charlie Pickering on The Weekly, she denied she had any knowledge of Stefanovic’s pay.
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Of course, Peter wasn't the only Australian media heavyweight one who reacted to Lisa's big news: her new Project co-host Carrie Bickmore also shared her delight at welcoming Lisa onto the show.
Welcome my lovely friend @Lisa_Wilkinson ????????
— Carrie Bickmore (@BickmoreCarrie) October 16, 2017
Comedian Peter Hellier was also quick to congratulate Lisa, even joking that now he was even further down the list to win a Gold Logie:
— Peter Helliar ???????? (@pjhelliar) October 16, 2017
Other TV stars and journalist also reacted to the news:
— Leigh Sales (@leighsales) October 16, 2017
Wonderful role model for all women in the media. You will be greatly missed @Lisa_Wilkinson Thank you for all the advice, love and support x
— Erin Molan (@Erin_Molan) October 16, 2017
Now officially welcome to the family Lisa! X???? https://t.co/od0jyakFu9
— Sandra Sully (@Sandra_Sully) October 16, 2017
Congratulations @Lisa_Wilkinson for a decade of success at Channel 9. I've loved working alongside you. Good luck with the next chapter.
— BenFordham (@BenFordham) October 16, 2017
LISTEN: Lisa Wilkinson talks to Mia Freedman about marriage, Karl and her latest project on No Filter.