THAT WAS QUICK: Lisa Wilkinson Announces Move To 'The Project'


Following Lisa Wilkinson's shock exit from Channel Nine and The Today Show, her colleagues have addressed her move in a touching tribute where her colleagues looked back at the good times they spent together on the show.

"Nine today confirmed we have been unable to meet the expectations of Lisa Wilkinson and her manager on a contract renewal for a further period", Nine said in a statement. We express our gratitude for Lisa for her 10 years with the Today Show are disappointed we find ourselves in this position.

"Nine will be going in another direction and will be considering our options in coming weeks and months".

It's reported her Today Show counterpart Karl Stefanovic was paid $9 million for a three-year contract; according to The Australian, that's more than CEO Hugh Marks is being paid.

Lisa announced on Monday night she had hosted her last Today Show and would be moving to Channel Ten to host The Project alongside Carrie Bickmore, Waleed Aly and Peter Helliar.

He started the show by saying, "No obviously a very big day for us yesterday here at the show and a very big day for Lisa Wilkinson".

In her statement Wilkinson thanked Nine for the privilege of co-hosting Today.

In the aftermath of Wilkinson's resignation, Stefanovic is hosting the Today show with Deborah Knight as a stand-in.

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Within hours Wilkinson announced she had secured a deal with the troubled Ten network to present the new Sunday Project and to be a presenter on The Project, despite the network being in receivership.

She was a reporter for Queensland current affairs program Extra and later with Nine News in Brisbane, where she distinguished herself while reporting on the devastating Queensland floods of 2010 and 2011.

"Thanks so much to everyone for all your lovely messages. We all wish her well for the future.".

"I did speak privately with Lisa last night and I thanked her, and I congratulated her because ultimately this is an exciting time for Lisa!" It's safe to say we were all shocked and it will take a little while to sink in.

He went on to thank Wilkinson for "the laughs, the sage advice, the calmness" among many other things.

"And many of our wonderful producers and team members and hard workers behind the scenes have asked us to pass on their love and appreciation for your decade of waking up on TODAY". We will see you soon, maybe after midday.

And later added that she will join Channel Ten's The Project in January.