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The high-profile couple's annual barbecue at their harbourside mansion was one of most-anticipated events of the year for Sydney's A-list, boasted guests from prime ministers and television stars to chefs, comedians and journalists.
The outspoken republicans rebranded the famous January 26 bash as an 'Independence Day' party in 2020, but it was shelved in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The star-studded event returned last year but was pushed back a month to February 26, with previous invitees struck off the guest list.
It's been revealed the couple will not be hosting a bash this year after a year from hell with friends speculating whether it has been canned for good.
The couple were never far from the headlines in 2022 with FitzSimons under fire for his controversial interview with Indigenous senator Jacinta Price and Wilkinson in hot water over her Logies speech about her interview with Brittany Higgins.
Following widespread backlash, Wilkinson eventually quit as host of The Project.
An unnamed friend said the couple felt 'bruised' after a tumultuous 2022.
The future of Peter FitzSimons and Lisa Wilkinson's famous annual Australia Day bash is reportedly in doubt after their year of hell
February 2022: Peter FitzSimons and Lisa Wilkinson's famous Australia Day party as A-list friends at their harbourside mansion returns after a two year hiatus, rebranded as Independence Day
May: Wilkinson's tell-all memoir It Wasn't Meant To Be Like This is reduced to as little as $5 as she embarks on a national book tour to address claims she omitted key details
June: Wilkinson wins a Logie award for her interview with Brittany Higgins. Her acceptance speech results in Higgins' rape trial being delayed
August: Fitzsimons interviews Aboriginal Senator Jacinta Price for the Sydney Morning Herald where the pair slash over the Indigenous Voice to Parliament
September: FitzSimons renewed calls for Australia to become a republic shortly after the Queen's death
October: FitzSimons steps down as head of the Australian Republic Movement
November: Wilkinson quits as host of The Project but remains contacted to Channel 10
'They feel they've had the worst year of their lives: Fitzy with the controversy over his Jacinta Price interview, and Lisa, who felt she was unfairly targeted by sections of the media during the whole Brittany Higgins affair,' the friend told The Australian.
'So, as a result, they're not having a party.'
Then-opposition leader Antony Albanese and his girlfriend Jodie Haydon were guests of honour at last year's shindig with Magda Szubanski, stars from Ten's The Project and ABC journalists
A noticeable omission was ABC Q & A presenter Stan Grant,