When Lisa Wilkinson announced she was leaving Channel 9 for Network Ten, she had no idea how the Australian public would react.
After 10 years at the Today Show, Wilkinson decided to move on because the network reportedly refused to pay her the same as her co-host, Karl Stefanovic.
To her surprise, the public’s response was swift and overwhelmingly positive.
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“It’s a response I never could have predicted,” she told The Daily Telegraph. “And I am so grateful to everyone who has taken the time to send messages, stop me in the street and generally make their feelings on the issue widely known.”
Wilkinson said the response that meant the most to her was also the one that no one could have predicted.
“The most meaningful response of all has come from parents – particularly fathers – of girls AND boys who’ve told me what they believe having this issue on the front page has meant for the next generation, who they say just think the gender pay gap is silly and simply doesn’t make any sense. Hallelujah to that!”