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Lisa Wilkinson and Karl Stefanovic have lunch together

Lisa Wilkinson hit headlines around the world after sensationally quitting the Today show earlier in the month after the network refused to pay her the same salary as co-host Karl Stefanvoic.

But there appears to be no hard feelings between the two former colleagues as they stepped out for lunch together, on Tuesday.

Taking to Instagram, 56-year-old Lisa shared a selfie that featured the pair smiling as they dined at a harbour-side restaurant in Sydney.

 

No hard feelings? Lisa Wilkinson took to Instagram Tuesday to share a photo of herself dining with former co-star Karl Stefanovic 

‘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 suit. 

Former colleagues: The high-profile duo spent more than a decade on air together, before Lisa's shock resignation a fortnight ago

Former colleagues: The high-profile duo spent more than a decade on air together, before Lisa’s shock resignation a fortnight ago

The high-profile duo spent more than a decade on air together, before Lisa’s shock resignation a fortnight ago.

Lisa is said to have left her high-profile gig after an explosive report claimed her contract negotiations had been ‘stalled.’

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'

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'

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. 

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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