Lisa Wilkinson has come under fire for her speech while leaving The Project, with a media commentator accusing her of playing the victim.
The divisive host shocked viewers on the Sunday night show when she announced she was stepping down to re-prioritize her life after a tumultuous six months.
“The last six months have not been easy, and the relentless toxicity directed by some sections of the media has taken its toll, not only on me, but also on the people I love,” he said.
But The Australian media writer Sophie Elsworth said most of the media attacks were ‘her own doing’, including for delaying the trial of Brittany Higgins’ alleged rapist Bruce Lehrmann because of her acceptance speech. of Logies.
Wilkinson won a Logie for her interview with Brittany Higgins, in which the former Liberal staffer alleged she was raped by her colleague Bruce Lehrmann in a minister’s office in 2019.
The original trial date was scheduled for June 27, but after Wilkinson’s acceptance speech, a judge delayed the high-profile case, ruling it would be “unfair” to continue amid public comment surrounding the case.
“Lisa Wilkinson, in typical fashion, focused on her and played the victim,” Elsworth told Sky News’ Chris Kenny on Monday night.
Lisa Wilkinson announced on Sunday night that she was leaving Channel 10’s The Project
“She made headlines in June for that speech that we know she gave at the Logies that was problematic, which is why she predominantly made a lot of headlines.
“But she took advantage of The Project’s outing last night to criticize the media on her way out.”
Kenny called Wilkinson’s farewell message “weird” and said he seemed to be “blaming other media for his mistakes”.
“She’s very good at playing the victim, and she did very well last night,” Ms Elsworth added.
“All of her fans say how shocking the media has treated her, but I have to say that a lot of it has been caused by her own doing.”
Last year, OzTAM ratings revealed that Channel 10’s flagship current affairs show had lost nearly a third of its audience since 2011. Pictured (left to right): Tommy Little, Peter Helliar, Hamish Macdonald, Carrie Bickmore, Waleed Aly, Lisa Wilkinson, and Gorgi Coghlan
Australian media writer, Sophie Elsworth, accused Wilkinson of ‘playing the victim’ in her farewell speech.
Wilkinson, who has been a familiar face on Australian screens for more than 20 years, told the audience on Sunday night that he had some “exciting work ideas ahead” but needed some time to reorganize.
She promised other high-profile women journalists, Leigh Sales, Tracey Grimshaw and Carrie Bickmore, who had recently stopped filing roles, a daisy on her when she announced she was leaving The Project.
“I’ve decided it’s time to re-prioritize some things in my life,” Wilkinson began with co-hosts Hamish Macdonald and Laura Byrne of The Bachelor.
“And after nearly 15 years of the early warning of breakfast TV, and now another five years here at The Project’s desk, I’m looking at how I want the next few years to play out both professionally and personally.
Wilkinson won a Logie for Outstanding News Coverage for an interview with Brittany Higgins
“So, starting tonight, I’m going to stop hosting the show.”
The presenter added that she was “not above criticism” and sometimes made mistakes.
“I’m human, and I don’t always get it right, none of us do, but by God I’ve tried,” she said.
I have given this job everything I have, and I hope you at home know it.
‘I hope I have brought you important stories and introduced you to people whose lives and experiences would otherwise have never been told, and helped focus the issues that deserve our collective attention.
‘So to everyone who has been so incredibly supportive and reaching out, particularly in the last few months, thank you. You will never know how much it has meant to me.
WIlkinson was signed by Ten for a staggering $1.7 million a year in 2018.
However, his appearance on the show has done little to stem the decline in ratings.
OzTAM ratings previously revealed that The Project had lost nearly a third of its viewership since 2011.
The struggling show saw its metro ratings plummet to an all-time low of just 367,000 last year.
That’s a 30 percent decline from its five-city audience of 538,000 a decade earlier.