Lisa Wilkinson has departed the Today show, to join Channel Ten’s The Project.
The 57-year-old made the announcement to Twitter on Monday night.
An official statement from the Nine Network said it was ‘unable to meet her expectations’ after the 57-year-old was alleged to have demanded equal pay with co-host Karl Stefanovic.
Lisa made the announcement to Twitter on Monday: ‘I have some sad news. I’m sad to say that today was my last day on the Today show.’
The veteran journalist, married to author Peter FitzSimons, posted an official statement from Channel Nine, that read: ‘Today Show are disappointed we find ourselves in this position.
‘Nine will be going in another direction and will be considering our options in the coming weeks and months.
‘Today Show is one of the biggest roles there is in television and requires an enormous commitment from its hosts.
‘The partnership between Lisa and Karl has taken the show to the success it is today and we thank Lisa for everything she has done for the show and for Nine over the past 10 years.
‘We all wish her well for the future,’ the statement on behalf of Nine CEO Hugh Marks concluded.
Lisa also thanked her colleagues and the network in an official statement that read: ‘I want to thank Channel Nine for the privilege of co-hosting the Today Show for the last ten years.
‘I would particularly like to acknowledge my colleagues Karl, Sylvia, Georgie, Tim, Richard, Stevie and Natalia, as well as all the hard-working producers and the entire team behind the cameras.’
Network Ten released an official statement that Lisa would be joining in a senior editorial and hosting capacity, as of January 2018.
The statement read: ‘Lisa will join the team of TEN’s award-winning news and current affairs program, The Project, in a hosting role.
‘She will work alongside The Project’s hosts Carrie Bickmore, Waleed Aly and Peter Helliar, as well as hosting The Sunday Project.
‘Further collaborations between Lisa and Network Ten will be announced in the coming months.’
Lisa took to Twitter, thanking the public for their ‘lovely messages.’
‘Thanks so much to everyone for all your lovely messages. I have some more news. This statement is from @channelten. I’m absolutely thrilled.’
Lisa’s announcement comes just a day after an explosive report claimed her contract negotiations with Nine had been ‘stalled.’
The Sunday Telegraph alleged that Lisa was holding out on re-signing until she was granted ‘pay parity’ with co-host Karl Stefanovic, 43.
It was suggested the reason Lisa wanted the same money as Karl, was because he was ‘rumoured to be on twice as much.’
The publication estimated Karl’s three-year deal, which was inked by his friend and former Nine CEO David Gygnell, to be worth up to ‘$6 million.’