Lisa Wilkinson made headlines when she sensationally quit the Today show after Channel Nine refused to pay her the same salary as her co-host Karl Stefanovic.
And there appeared to be no hard feelings between the former colleagues, as they stepped out for lunch together at Cafe Sydney, last Tuesday.
However New Idea have claimed in their Monday issue, that their united front may be purely for show, after a source claimed they were pictured looking ‘frosty’ and in a ‘three-hour heated exchange.’
‘They were frosty’: Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson’s united front is claimed to be ‘all for show’ according to Monday’s New Idea magazine, as the former Today show colleagues were pictured in a ‘three-hour heated exchange’
An eyewitness was alleged to have told New Idea that Lisa, 57, and Karl, 43, were engaged in a ‘heated exchange’ over the course of their three-hour meeting.
The reporters were said to be ‘clearly frustrated, speaking in hushed tones’ and appearing ‘very frosty’ with one another.
The spy went on to claim to the magazine that Lisa’s selfie of the pair during their lunch was purely ‘for show.’
‘That selfie was just for show. That lunch was very intense and neither of them seemed very friendly toward the other.’
Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Karl and Lisa’s management for comment.
Just for show? Lisa took to Instagram last Tuesday to share a photo of herself dining with Karl at the exclusive harbourside restaurant
Lisa, who has jumped ship to Network Ten, shared a selfie of the pair smiling, as they dined at the exclusive harbourside restaurant.
‘The best lunch today with this guy…’ Lisa captioned the photo, as she leaned her hand in towards Karl’s.
Lisa was glowing, wearing a cream blouse and gold hoop earrings.
Karl meanwhile, wore a navy tailored suit and a crisp white shirt.
Former colleagues: The high-profile duo spent more than a decade on air together, before Lisa’s shock resignation last month
Lisa’s husband Peter FitzSimons, 56, also shared to Twitter a shot of the pair from the lunch, holding up his book, Burke and Wills.
He captioned the shot: ‘This is the story of two intrepid adventurers who came to a surprising end. And Karl and Lisa discussed it over lunch today!’
The high-profile duo spent more than a decade on air together before Lisa’s shock resignation last month.
Lisa is said to have left her high-profile gig after an explosive report claimed her contract negotiations had been ‘stalled.’
‘Two adventurers who came to an end’: Lisa’s husband Peter FitzSimons, 56, also shared to Twitter a shot of the pair from the lunch, holding up his book, Burke and Wills
The Daily Telegraph alleged that Lisa was holding out on re-signing until she was granted ‘pay parity’ with Karl.
It was suggested the reason Lisa wanted the same money as Karl, was because he was ‘rumoured to be on twice as much.’
The Australian had previously reported that Karl earns at least $2 million a year, in a three-year contract with a potential bonus that could take his salary to $3 million if ratings were hit.
Salary dispute? Lisa is said to have left her high-profile gig after an explosive report claimed her contract negotiations had been ‘stalled’
Lisa was also was said by The Daily Telegraph to have been on a $1.1 million a year contract, with Nine only willing to increase the amount to $1.8 million.
The amount was claimed to have not been enough for her to stay with the network, defecting to Ten where she will co-host news and current affairs program, The Project.
Nine CEO Hugh Marks spoke out on the claims, saying that he offered Lisa $1.8 million, but that she asked for $2.3 million.
Claims: It was suggested the reason Lisa wanted the same money as Karl, was because he was ‘rumoured to be on twice as much’
‘I went to an incredible amount of trouble to build that [$1.8 million] package for her. She wanted $2.3 million. It wasn’t a $200,000 shortfall to [Karl’s] $2 million magic number. It was $500,000,’ he told the The Daily Telegraph.
Lisa however looks set to reap the rewards of her daring move by becoming ‘Network Ten’s Oprah’ when she starts in January 2018.
The mother-of-three is set to host her own Sunday night current affairs program during prime time, according to an insider, The Herald Sun reported.
Lisa will front the program, going in to battle with Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes, and Seven’s Sunday Night, while also hosting The Project two nights a week.
New beginnings: Lisa however looks set to reap the rewards of her daring move by becoming ‘Network Ten’s Oprah’ when she starts in January 2018