Every claim from Lisa Wilkinson's memoir takedown of Karl Stefanovic ...

Every claim from Lisa Wilkinson's memoir takedown of Karl Stefanovic ...
Every claim from Lisa Wilkinson's memoir takedown of Karl Stefanovic ...

Lisa Wilkinson's autobiography, It Wasn't Meant to Be Like This, doesn't hit store shelves until next month, but her sensational account of her sacking from Channel Nine in 2017 is already being disputed.

Readers have had glimpses of the book in extracts published by News Corp papers, but several claims she makes have been challenged by industry insiders, who accuse her of omitting key facts and embellishing the truth.

Here are all the disputed claims from Wilkinson's memoir, allowing readers to decide for themselves whether it should be categorised under 'fact' or 'fiction'.

Lisa Wilkinson's autobiography, It Wasn't Meant to Be Like This, doesn't hit store shelves until next month, but her sensational account of her sacking from Channel Nine in 2017 is already being disputed

Lisa Wilkinson's autobiography, It Wasn't Meant to Be Like This, doesn't hit store shelves until next month, but her sensational account of her sacking from Channel Nine in 2017 is already being disputed 

Claim 1: Lisa says Karl snubbed her wedding. Fact: The guests didn't know it was a wedding

Wilkinson's claim that Stefanovic intentionally 'snubbed' her vow renewals with husband Pete FitzSimons has been disputed by guests who attended the event. 

The Sunday Project host says Stefanovic's no-show at the October 2017 event was the final straw for their troubled relationship - even going so far as to imply he refused the invitation because he knew she was about to get sacked from Nine. 

Wilkinson's claim that Stefanovic intentionally 'snubbed' her vow renewals with husband Pete FitzSimons has been disputed by guests who attended the event.  Pictured together at the TV Week Logie Awards in Melbourne on Sunday, May 3, 2015

Wilkinson's claim that Stefanovic intentionally 'snubbed' her vow renewals with husband Pete FitzSimons has been disputed by guests who attended the event.  Pictured together at the TV Week Logie Awards in Melbourne on Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Sunday Project host says Stefanovic's no-show at the October 2017 event was the final straw for their troubled relationship - even going so far as to imply he refused the invitation because he knew she was about to get sacked from Nine. Pictured: Wilkinson and her husband Peter FitzSimons at their vow renewal ceremony on October 6, 2017

The Sunday Project host says Stefanovic's no-show at the October 2017 event was the final straw for their troubled relationship - even going so far as to imply he refused the invitation because he knew she was about to get sacked from Nine. Pictured: Wilkinson and her husband Peter FitzSimons at their vow renewal ceremony on October 6, 2017

But this narrative has been disputed by guests who attended the ceremony, many of whom told The Australian they didn't know it was a wedding until they arrived.

If this was the case and Stefanovic hadn't been told ahead of time the event was to celebrate Wilkinson and FitzSimons renewing their vows, then his decision to pull out at the last minute arguably wasn't the snub Wilkinson is making it out to be.

It's unclear if Stefanovic was made aware his co-anchor and her husband of 25 years were planning to renew their vows, or if he was simply told it was a party.

Regardless of what he knew, Wilkinson took Stefanovic's last-minute cancellation to heart, and it effectively marked the end of their personal and professional relationship. 

This narrative has been disputed by guests who attended the ceremony, many of whom told The Australian they didn't know it was a wedding until they arrived. (Wilkinson and FitzSimons are pictured at the ceremony with their children, Billi, Jake and Louis)

This narrative has been disputed by guests who attended the ceremony, many of whom told The Australian they didn't know it was a wedding until they arrived. (Wilkinson and FitzSimons are pictured at the ceremony with their children, Billi, Jake and Louis)

If this was the case and Stefanovic hadn't been told ahead of time the event was to celebrate Wilkinson and FitzSimons renewing their vows, then his decision to pull out at the last minute arguably wasn't the snub Wilkinson is making it out to be. Pictured on June 28, 2007, in Sydney

If this was the case and Stefanovic hadn't been told ahead of time the event was to celebrate Wilkinson and FitzSimons renewing their vows, then his decision to pull out at the last minute arguably wasn't the snub Wilkinson is making it out to be. Pictured on June 28, 2007, in Sydney

Claim 2: Karl was paid more than Lisa. Fact: Lisa was actually paid more than him for years

Lisa's book includes a chapter dedicated to her sacking from Channel Nine and falling out with Stefanovic over a pay dispute.

She alleges Stefanovic proposed in August 2015 they join forces to renegotiate their Nine contracts - not unlike how the cast of American sitcom Friends famously worked together to broker better deals with NBC.

But she claims he ended up ditching this idea and instead played rival networks Nine and Seven off against each other in order to secure a better deal for himself.

Lisa's book includes a chapter dedicated to her sacking from Channel Nine and falling out with Stefanovic over a pay dispute

Lisa's book includes a chapter dedicated to her sacking from Channel Nine and falling out with Stefanovic over a pay dispute

'Weeks later... the media became awash with stories that Stefanovic was restless at Today and looking for greener pastures – and more civilised working hours – at Channel Seven,' she wrote.

Stefanovic was soon at the centre of a bidding war between Nine and Seven that resulted in him re-signing a five-year deal with Nine worth at least $2million per year.

Wilkinson's deal was worth significantly less, about $780,000 a year, and was only for two years.

'There was no doubt about it: Karl certainly knew the art of the deal,' she wrote, adding that the resulting pay disparity between them 'was so off the charts that no-one would have believed it'. 

However, this allegedly doesn't tell the full story.

News.com.au reported last week Wilkinson had in fact earned more than Stefanovic for years when they first joined forces on Today, and it was only at the end of their partnership that the roles reversed.

However, this allegedly doesn't tell the full story, with News.com.au reporting last week Wilkinson had in fact earned more than Stefanovic for years when they first joined forces on Today, and it was only at the end of their partnership that the roles reversed. The article, by journalist Samantha Maiden (pictured), reportedly sent the book's publisher into a major spin

However, this allegedly doesn't tell the full story, with News.com.au reporting last week Wilkinson had in fact earned more than Stefanovic for years when they first joined forces on Today, and it was only at the end of their partnership that the roles reversed. The article, by journalist Samantha Maiden (pictured), reportedly sent the book's publisher into a major spin

Harper Collins Australia demanded a preview copy of the memoir be returned by the news website following publication of the story, well-placed sources told Daily Mail Australia

Harper Collins Australia demanded a preview copy of the memoir be returned by the news website following publication of the story, well-placed sources told Daily Mail Australia 

This article - which challenges Wilkinson's most significant claim about her exit from the Today show - reportedly sent the book's publisher into a major spin.

Harper Collins Australia demanded a preview copy of the memoir be returned by the news website following publication of the story, sources told Daily Mail Australia.

In the piece, written by respected political journalist Samantha Maiden, sources at Nine disputed Wilkinson's claims that Stefanovic was 'paid double' what she earned. 

In fact, they claim it was Wilkinson who was paid much more than Stefanovic for 'many years' after the pair first teamed up on Nine's breakfast flagship in 2006. 

'News.com.au understands that when she first signed with

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