Lisa Wilkinson hosted the Today show with Karl Stefanovic for 10 years before leaving bitterly over a reported gender pay dispute.
And as Lisa, 60, prepares to release her controversial new memoir, Karl is reportedly ‘in a panic’ that details about his personal life will be revealed on the pages.
According to women’s Day magazine, 46-year-old Karl, is especially concerned that Lisa will reveal secrets about his breakup with ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn, 49, and his subsequent marriage to Jasmine Yarbrough, 36.
What does Lisa know? Karl Stefanovic, 46, reportedly fears his former Today co-host Lisa Wilkinson, 50, will discuss his “ marriage issue ” in her controversial new memoir. Pictured: Karl and Lisa in 2009
“He is, quite rightly, a little concerned that Lisa knows a lot about what happened in his personal life,” an insider told the publication.
“There’s the backstory to the sudden collapse of Karl’s marriage … Lisa would have known the details of Karl’s marriage split with Cassandra, whom Lisa has a lot of respect for, by the way,” they continued.
Karl and Cassandra announced their divorce in mid-2016, after 21 years of marriage.
Opening the ex files: According to Woman’s Day magazine, Karl is especially concerned that Lisa will reveal secrets about his breakdown with ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn, 49. Pictured: Karl and Cassandra in 2011
New flame: Five months later, Karl fell in love with shoe designer Jasmine Yarbrough, 36, (left) and they married in Mexico in December 2018
Five months later, Karl fell in love with shoe designer Jasmine, and they were married in Mexico in December 2018.
Meanwhile, Lisa’s tome is also expected to address the gender pay gap dispute that allegedly led to her departure from Nine in October 2017.
According to New idea magazine, Nine executives and Karl expect “the worst in her book regarding her protest against wage parity.”
A decade-long working relationship: Lisa sat next to Karl on the Today show for 10 years, before leaving Nine in October 2017
“They know Lisa will not mince her words and will not hesitate about Karl and the famous’ boys’ club ‘in Nine,” they insisted.
Nine has been accused of running a ‘boys’ club’ of male executives and on-air talent for years Mamamia Mia Freedman (a former boss at Nine) describes work culture as “so toxic and so bad for women that it was the most troubling career experience of my life.”
Lisa was believed to have quit Today because Karl as her male co-host was reportedly making $ 2 million a year with a potential bonus that could reach his salary up to $ 3 million if the ratings were a hit. The Australian wrote in 2017.
Reports: Meanwhile, Lisa’s tome is also expected to address the gender pay gap that allegedly led to her departure from Nine
Figures: Lisa was believed to have quit Today because Karl as her male co-host was reportedly making $ 2 million a year with a potential bonus that could put his salary up to $ 3 million if the ratings were a hit, The Australian wrote in 2017
Lisa, a former magazine editor, is said to be on a $ 1.1 million a year contract, with Nine only willing to increase the amount to $ 1.8 million, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The amount was reportedly not enough to stay with the network, prompting her to leave.
Since joining The Sunday Project in 2018, Lisa has conducted sit-down interviews with Kim Kardashian, Kylie Minogue and Bradley Cooper, among others.
Exit: The amount was reportedly not enough to stay with the network, prompting her to leave
In an interview with The Herald Sun In December 2018, Lisa praised the ‘integrity’ and high ‘caliber’ of her colleagues at Ten, citing Carrie Bickmore, Fifi Box, Amanda Keller, Julia Morris and Gorgi Coghlan.
“One of the absolute bonuses that I really didn’t expect when I moved to Ten is the caliber of my colleagues,” she said.
Lisa’s upcoming autobiography will be published by Harper Collins, with a release date set for next year.
Rival Network: Since joining The Sunday Project in 2018, Lisa has conducted sit-down interviews with A-list stars. Pictured with co-hosts Tommy Little (left) and Waleed Aly (right)