Lisa Wilkinson has responded to Karl Stefanovic's axing from Today with immeasurable class.

Lisa Wilkinson has responded to the announcement that her former Today show co-host Karl Stefanovic has been axed from the morning show.

Karl and Lisa worked together for 10 years on the program, before Lisa announced she was abruptly leaving the show last October.

Her departure came amid reports Nine Network reportedly refused to pay her the same salary as her co-host, Karl.

In June of last year, it was reported by The Australian that Karl earned two and a half times the salary of Lisa – whose decade in the hosting chair saw her interview six different Australian Prime Ministers, the family from the Sound of Music, and even Melania Trump.

Karl was said to make roughly $2.5 million annually, in comparison to Lisa’s $1 million pay cheque.

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At the time, a spokesperson from Channel Nine declined to comment.

In light of today’s news, many would have been wondering how Karl’s ex-colleague, who now works for Channel 10’s The Sunday Project, would have reacted.

As expected, Lisa, who celebrated her 59th birthday today, handled it with pure class, posting a series of throwback photos of her and Karl, with the caption: “Wishing @karlstefanovic_ all the best. Because when it was good, it was great…”


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Wishing @karlstefanovic_ all the best. Because when it was good, it was great… @thetodayshow

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Her post appeared this afternoon, shortly after Nine released a statement about Karl’s departure from Today that read:

“Nine and Karl Stefanovic have agreed it is time for him to step off the Today show.

“Karl remains on contract with the network and will continue to host (his other show) This Time Next Year, which records in February.

“For over 14 years Karl has been at the centre of the Today Show bringing his unique personality and perspective to the day’s news and current affairs.

“An announcement on the new line up and format of the Today Show will be made in the coming weeks.”


The news comes less than 24 hours after Peter Stefanovic announced he would be leaving Channel Nine to “explore new opportunities”.

In a statement, Karl, who is currently honeymooning in Aspen with his new wife Jasmine Yarbrough, said:

“For the last 14 years I’ve co-hosted the best show on television. I can’t thank Nine enough for the opportunity. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be good enough to host this grand show for so long.

“Thanks to our viewers mostly, you are what matters most. It’s been a tough time. Thanks for hanging in there. I look forward to seeing you in another capacity at this great Network soon.”

Before Lisa left the network last year, she was questioned about the pay gap between her and Karl in an interview with Charlie Pickering.

“I have no idea what Karl’s on just as he has no idea what I’m on,” she responded at the time.

However, in a separate interview with News Corp, after she moved networks, she made a passionate statement about Australian women being “fed up” with not being paid the same as their male counterparts.

“You can see women have had enough – the gender pay gap, domestic violence, homelessness is on a huge rise in this country particularly for women over 50,” she said.

“We have so many issues we need to address and I think women are really feeling the power and the wind behind them right now.”