Lisa Wilkinson leaves 'Today' immediately after failed salary negotiation


Lisa Wilkinson leaves 'Today' immediately after failed salary negotiation

Less than an hour after announcing her departure from the Nine Network's Today Show, news has just hit that Lisa Wilkinson will be moving to Channel Ten's The Project.

Lisa Wilkinson's ex Today Show colleagues have taken a moment to thank the former anchor after she blindsided the panel with her decision to jump ship to Channel Ten.

Today Show newsreader Sylvia Jeffreys fought back tears paying tribute to her friend Lisa Wilkinson as the team bid farewell to their longtime colleague on the show this morning.

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

Wilkinson thanked Nine for the "privilege" of hosting the show for a decade and made special mention of co-host Karl Stefanovic and the rest of the cast and crew, who she said were behind the "incredible success" of the program. "I'm sad to say that today was my last day on The Today show", she said on Twitter.

However, the regular "news of the day" segment proved awkward as Karl read out the front pages of all the top newspapers - all of which featured headlines on Lisa's exit.

Her confirmation came with a statement from Nine, expressing their disappointment Ms Wilkinson had not signed on for a further period.

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

"I have some news", Wilkinson wrote.

Ms Wilkinson will work alongside Carrie Bickmore, Waleed Aly and Peter Helliar on The Project and The Sunday Project.

Before touching on reports Lisa walked because Nine wouldn't salary match her pay packet to his, Karl explained: "For whatever reason, she won't be doing that anymore and it was a surprise to us all".

"It came as a bit of a shock to us", Stefanovic said on the show.

"Thanks so much to everyone for all your lovely messages".

"Mostly you go with my love, lots of love, all my love".

"So much love for you Lis, you're proud, you're passionate, you're principled, you are much admired and much loved by our viewers and the broader community, all the very best and we wish you all of our love".

The new job comes after Wilkinson announced tonight that she had worked her final day for the show. I have some more news.

"Lisa Wilkinson is one of the most respected journalists and television presenters in Australia and we are thrilled that she has agreed to join Ten's fantastic stable of on-air talent", said Ten's chief content officer, Beverley McGarvey.