Fans Decide To Boycott 'The Today Show' Following Lisa Wilkinson's Exit

Fans Decide To Boycott 'The Today Show' Following Lisa Wilkinson's Exit

Lisa reportedly earned $1.1 million a year before her shock exit on Monday, while 43-year-old co-host Karl Stefanovic reportedly earns at $2 million per year, with a potential bonus that would round off his salary to nearly $3 million depending on ratings.

Georgie was TODAY's newsreader for seven years before she resigned in 2014 to take on a broader role within the network.

Lisa sensationally quit the Today show after a decade, announcing the shock move on Twitter on Monday evening. For whatever reason she won't be doing that anymore and it was a surprise to us all.

Jeffreys, Nine entertainment editor Richard Wilkins and sports host Tim Gilbert all spoke about Wilkinson, who announced her departure from Nine last night.

'Nine today confirmed we are unable to meet the expectations of Lisa Wilkinson and her manager on a contract renewal for a further period.' the statement began.

"We express our gratitude for Lisa for her 10 years with the Today Show and are disappointed we find ourselves in this position".

Lisa was understood to be on $1.1 million per year, but Channel Nine had increased it to $1.8 million before discussions stalled.

Nine's Director of News and Current Affairs Darren Wick said that efforts had been made to negotiate a new contract for almost six months, but the two parties could not come to terms.

Other viewers have now chose to boycott The Today Show because of the way that Channel Nine handled pay negotiations with Lisa.

Lisa Wilkinson's partnership with co-host Karl Stefanovic has been credited for the success of the show.

"I'm going off to see my 89-year-old mum, who was possibly my most loyal fan on the Today show", a smiling Wilkinson said. "I can never thank you enough and I look forward to seeing you soon".

She joined the Today show in 2012 as the NSW reporter, and became a regular face as a fill-in host on Today, Weekend Today and various Nine News bulletins.

Earlier this year her portrait by artist Peter Smeeth was a finalist in the Archibald Prize, and victor of the Packing Room Prize.

"No no, that's only because he's hosting A Current Affair tonight", she joked.

Karl addressed his former co-host's sudden departure with a rather odd tribute, crediting the veteran journalist with her ability to perform housework before coming to work.

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