Sunday 3 July 2022 03:42 AM Lisa Wilkinson and Sandra Sully carpark at Network 10 feud - insiders reveal ... trends now
The feud between two of Australia's biggest TV stars over a car space has been revealed in full for the first time after it raised its ugly head following this year's controversial Logie Awards.
Network Ten insiders have lifted the lid on Lisa Wilkinson's clash with respected news anchor Sandra Sully back in 2017 which earned The Project host the nickname 'car park thief' and divided loyal staff.
It began, says one former Ten employee, when Wilkinson made her high-profile switch from Nine in the wake of her controversial sacking after a decade on Today.
'And you don't upset Sandra. You just don't. We love Sandra,' says an ex-Ten staffer
Lisa Wilkinson has been accused - publicly and in private - of pinching Sandra Sully's car spot in 2017
Lisa Wilkinson allegedly cruised into a car space reserved for Sandra Sully at Ten's Sydney studios (pictured)
No sooner had the decorated presenter and journalist arrived at Ten's Pyrmont studios in a sparkling white Audi convertible (for whom she is a longtime ambassador), Wilkinson allegedly cruised into a well-positioned car space - one of just a handful - within close proximity to the staff entrance.
The only problem was the space - clearly marked as 'reserved' - belonged to Ten legend Sully who would arrive later in the day to prepare for her usual 5pm broadcast.
The secure space was of particular importance to Sully who, the same year, had spoken for the first time about the violent attack she had survived 20 years earlier which took place in the car park of her apartment complex in 2007.
Held at gunpoint by a masked offender, Sully managed to escape a fate much worse after the man pulled the trigger twice - only for the gun not to go off.
'I still don't like to be surprised. If someone makes a loud noise, I jump. I am always aware in a car park,' Sully told Stellar in 2017.
Sources at Ten say Wilkinson - who joined the network a month prior to Sully's tell-all - was politely informed by car park security that the space was not to be used by anyone but the newsreader and one would be arranged for her.
Despite this, it's alleged Wilkinson continued to use the reserved space and even mowed down traffic cones which were placed around the spot to prevent her from taking it.
'At first it became a bit of a joke that this was happening and it was just something that we all gossiped about in hair and make-up,' said one Ten staffer who has since switched networks.
'But then it kept happening. And we all started to see how much it was upsetting Sandra.
'And you don't upset Sandra. You just don't. We love Sandra.'
It's understood a small handful of defenders sided with Wilkinson, with one senior Ten executive suggesting that Wilkinson and Sandra 'share' the space given the newsreader usually arrived at the studio later in the day.
Wilkinson, he reasoned, could use it until Sully arrived.