Lisa Wilkinson Teases Talk Show With Former Sunrise Co-Host Melissa Doyle ‘Down The Track’
They have both served time as co-hosts of leading national breakfast shows.
And Now Expelled Today co-host Lisa Wilkinson teased a joint television project with former Sunrise star Mel Doyle in a fawning Instagram post on Monday.
‘I think a talk show can be an absolute must for us in the future!!’ wrote the 61-year-old presenter of The Project.
Unite stars? Ousted Today co-host Lisa Wilkinson (right) has teased a joint television project with former Sunrise star Mel Doyle (left), in a fawning Instagram post on Monday
The comment came after Doyle, 51, helped Wilkinson promote her memoir It Wasn’t Meant To Be At Kitchen By Mike in Sydney on Monday morning.
The rest of Lisa’s post read: ‘Breakfast (where’s @melissadoyleofficial and I’ve heard that word before?!) Chatting with this wonderful woman this morning about some of the stories behind my book – along with some very special @audiaustralia customers .’
“When I was lucky enough to work with Mel at @sunriseon7, she taught me so much about how to ‘do’ breakfast TV – both on and off screen…and I remain forever grateful for her kindness and generosity through over the years.’
“And Mel, since we were only supposed to talk for twenty minutes this morning, and we could have talked for hours so easily,” she concluded.
Helping Hands: Doyle, 51, had helped Wilkinson promote her memoir It Wasn’t Meant To Be
Lisa worked with Doyle when she co-hosted Weekend Sunrise with Chris Reason in April 2005, before co-hosting the show with Andrew O’Keefe.
She left Seven in 2007 to host the Today show on Nine after Jessica Rowe left the network.
Doyle co-hosted the highest-rated Sunrise with David ‘Kochie’ Koch from 2002 to 2013.
She stepped down to take a national role within the Seven Network, reading the Seven Afternoon News alongside Matt White, and was replaced by Samantha Armytage.
Wilkinson co-hosted Today with Karl Stefanovic from 2007 to 2017, after which she resigned over a wage dispute.
Coming soon? ‘I think a talk show can be an absolute must for us in the future!!’ wrote the 61-year-old presenter of The Project
The post comes after Wilkinson admitted she was unable to write her autobiography and initially expected her husband, bestselling author Peter FitzSimons, to write it.
Wilkinson told a Dymocks literary luncheon audience last month that she was “completely in awe” of FitzSimons and his ability to “keep his audience spellbound with his exquisite prose spanning hundreds and hundreds of pages.”
“It was something I was convinced I could never do,” Lisa told her audience. “So of course I didn’t want to write my autobiography and I told Pete that.”
FitzSimons conducted hours and hours of interviews – including with his wife’s now-deceased mother – in an attempt to get the project started, but then lost all the footage.
Former role: Wilkinson co-hosted Today with Karl Stefanovic (left) from 2007 to 2017, before resigning over a wage dispute
Wilkinson also revealed the arduous process of telling her life story in words, including how she considered returning the advance on the book and asking for two extensions to her deadline.
The book she eventually produced, It Wasn’t Meant To Be, ended up taking eight years to write — including multiple deadline extensions.
Weeks after her original deadline, Wilkinson was far from done. She hadn’t even started writing about her time with Channel 9, but had already written 140,000 raw words.
Wilkinson asked manager Nick Fordham for a reprieve from HarperCollins, which was graciously granted.
Beloved: Doyle co-hosted the highest-rated Sunrise program with David ‘Kochie’ Koch (in 2013) from 2002 to 2013.
Fordham was soon forced to request another extension when former political staffer Brittany Higgins came to Wilkinson with her allegations of rape in Parliament House.
After an interview with the survivor of the sexual assault, Wilkinson admitted that “the courage of Brittany lifted my courage and revitalized my writing.”
Wilkinson turned her attention to issues such as the gender pay gap, domestic violence against women, and the treatment of survivors of sexual assault.
There were times when she was convinced she would never finish her book, but eventually she handed FitzSimons an 186,000-word manuscript just as he was finishing his own biography of polar explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins.
It wasn’t meant to be like this, it was finally released last month.
Lisa, meanwhile, returned to her hosting duties on Channel 10’s The Project on Sunday evening, after a three-week leave.
Moving on: She stepped down to take a national role on the Seven Network and read the Seven Afternoon News along with Matt White