When most of us change jobs, we’re treated to a Woolies mud cake and some luke-warm bubbly. For Lisa Wilkinson, her defection to The Project meant a week of national headlines, countless opinion pieces, and hoards of paparazzi stalking her from the bushes.
Speaking to Bachelorette and fellow pap victim Sophie Monk via a Huffington Post Facebook live on Monday, the former Today Show stalwart said the scrutiny has been relentless since she announced her departure from the Channel 9 program on October 16.
“I hid in my driveway because I didn’t want to take part… The paps, they were paps over my fence on my private property. It was upsetting my kids,” she said.
“I spoke to one of them [and said], ‘You’re actually at the point where you are upsetting my kids.’ On the first day I smiled and gave them a couple of quotes, but [then] I said, ‘There’s nothing to see here.'”
Still, they didn’t budge. This is when the 57-year-old mother of three employed a technique favoured by another famous Aussie.
“Russell Crowe famously once said just keeping wearing the same clothes and you’ll drive the price [of the photos] down,” Wilkinson said.