Lisa Wilkinson had decided to leave because of the “relentless targeted toxicity” she had experienced in the last six months.
Wilkinson said on Sunday night’s episode of the Channel 10 show, “It’s time to reprioritize a few things in my life.”
And now, after another five years here at the Projects desk and nearly fifteen years of getting up early for television breakfasts, I’m considering how I want to go the next few years, both professionally and personally.
Starting tonight, I will no longer host the show.
Among “the most talented and kind people I know,” he praised the “amazing team” at Ten, saying it was “a pleasure” to work with them.
To “excited,” “engaged,” and “very friendly” viewers of The Project, Wilkinson expressed his gratitude.
It’s been a lot of fun. But, she said, “I feel that a change is in order at this moment in my life.
For the record, I will not be leaving Ten, and we are currently exploring some promising opportunities for future collaboration. I must tell you the truth, though. The persistent targeted poison by some elements of the media over the past six months has taken its toll on me and the people I care about.
Don’t misunderstand me. Believe me, I know I don’t sit on a pedestal where I’m immune to criticism. Like any human, I am occasionally incorrect. Absolutely no one here does. God knows I’ve made an effort. I have put everything I have into this role. I assume you folks back home are aware of this. In sharing these stories with you, I hope I was able to bring to light important topics and expose you to people whose stories might not have been told otherwise.
I’d like to express my gratitude to everyone who has been so encouraging and helpful, especially in recent months. How much this has meant to me, you have no idea.
Last but not least, Leigh Sales, Tracy Grimshaw, and Carrie Bickmore: I’ll buy you all margaritas if you want to grab a drink sometime.
Coworkers React with “A Bit of Shock”
Hamish Macdonald, another host on the show, paid respect to Wilkinson and said he understood and accepted her choice to quit.
Macdonald stated, “Obviously we can’t let you go without saying a few words.”
Wilkinson joked, “Please don’t say too many.”
He said, “I think we are all still digesting this, but I know from being your colleague and your friend for some years now that this is 100 percent the right decision for you and your family at this point in time.”
This year, and especially in the last six months, I think you’ve provided us all a lesson in what resolve and perseverance are, and you’ve turned up on camera even on days when it’s been challenging. Now I see how we arrived to this point. All of us here are probably a little taken aback by this. And many friends and coworkers will want to give you a heartfelt farewell. It’s likely that they, along with you folks back at home, are hearing about this very thing at the moment. So, on behalf of everyone at The Project and Ten, I’d want to extend our sincerest gratitude. For the simple reason that you have exhausted every other option. You’re so productive it’s incredible. You work like a bloody horse.
Wilkinson joked, “There are days I’ve turned up this year when I looked like a horse.”
Have as much time off as you want. Come back whenever you’re prepared, we’ll be waiting. Macdonald concluded with a heartfelt “thank you.”
We are going to miss her terribly.
Ten said in a statement that Wilkinson will be leaving the company “effective immediately.”
Ten remarked, “Lisa has been a brilliant presenter and vital contributor to The Project for five years, and as the end of the year approaches, Lisa feels it is the perfect time for her to take a sabbatical.”
In 2023, “we look forward to her continued engagement with the network,” where we may capitalize in particular on her exceptional interviewing skills.
Wilkinson’s “excellent contribution” was praised by Paramount Australia and New Zealand’s Beverley McGarvey, who serves as executive vice president and chief content officer for Ten.
Ms. McGarvey praised Lisa for the five years she’s worked with the company, noting that she’s always brought her “signature warmth, compassion, and honesty” to the table.
She has exposed, presented, and reported on a wide range of groundbreaking and Walkley-nominated stories during her time at the show, both in the studio and on the road. Lisa, I know you have loved and embraced this role from the very beginning. It’s no surprise that viewers keep inviting Lisa into their living rooms and onto their screens because she always brings her trademark intelligence, humor, empathy, and sense of justice to the table.
We are saddened that Lisa will no longer be a part of The Project, but we look forward to maintaining our close working relationship with her well beyond 2023.