The former Today co-hosts were spotted looking friendly as they posed for photographs together at a Sunday event announcing the 2022 Logie nominees on the Gold Coast. Karl, 47, and Lisa, 62, looked amicable as they were seen in public together for the first time Karl since she released a tell-all book detailing her time at Channel Nine.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Lisa said: ‘It was lovely to see Karl, and a reminder to both of us of the many great years we spent together.’Recent excerpts released to promote the book detail Wilkinson’s feud with Stefanovic in the weeks prior to her departure from Channel Nine.
Other excerpts from Wilkinson’s book tell of the the controversy surrounding his divorce from wife Cassandra Thorburn in 2016 and subsequent relationship and marriage to shoe designer Jasmine Yarbrough. Wilkinson released an excerpt describing her reaction to learning that her former colleague had found new love, just months after his highly publicised marriage breakdown with his wife.
She said Stefanovic then showed her a picture of the LA-based model and designer, nine years his junior, before confirming that he was ‘madly in love’ with her. Wilkinson said she found him looking ‘as happy and relaxed as I’d ever seen him’ during the meeting, before he uttered the words: ‘I’ve met someone.’
‘Well, that certainly took a turn,’ Wilkinson wrote, adding: ‘And explained a lot. That smile he had on his face got even bigger.’ Wilkinson also detailed in her book how Stefanovic’s relationship with a younger woman impacted his career, citing an interview with entertainment reporter with Peter Ford on The Kyle and Jackie O show.
‘His personal ratings and Nine has done research to confirm this – are right down the toilet,’ Ford said. ‘Women are angry at him.’ Host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson echoed those thoughts, adding: ‘They think he’s just left her for some young 20-year-old and he’s cavorting around, kissing her, cuddling her, for everyone to see.’
Wilkinson said that the research Ford had spoke about referred to the fact the entire Today team including Stefanovic had been asked to attend a presentation about the TV star’s declining ratings in light of his new relationship. ‘Each of us was given a full dossier detailing it all, and Jackie was right. It made for very uncomfortable reading,’ Wilkinson wrote.
Also in her memoir, Wilkinson revealed the moment Cassandra a former producer on the Today show sent her a text message informing her Stefanovic had moved out of the family home back in 2016.
‘They had just bought a waterfront property a month or two before and he had just signed a massive deal with the network. I presumed everything was great,’ Wilkinson wrote. She said she ‘gasped’ when she received the text from Cassandra telling her the couple had separated after 21 years of marriage.