Karl Stefanovic ‘considering writing his own autobiography’ after Lisa Wilkinson’s book bombshell

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He has a starring role in Lisa Wilkinson’s memoir, It Wasn’t Meant to Be Like This.

And Karl Stefanovic is finally ready to tell his side of the story.

The Today host, 47, was blindsided by Wilkinson’s decision to include chapters about his family in her tell-all book and is now plotting his revenge, reports Woman’s Day.

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Two sides to every story: Karl Stefanovic (left) is 'considering writing his own autobiography' after being blindsided by his former Today co-host Lisa Wilkinson's (right) revenge memoir, reports Woman's Day. Pictured together at the 2005 Logie Awards in Melbourne

Two sides to every story: Karl Stefanovic (left) is ‘considering writing his own autobiography’ after being blindsided by his former Today co-host Lisa Wilkinson’s (right) revenge memoir, reports Woman’s Day. Pictured together at the 2005 Logie Awards in Melbourne

‘Karl is now considering his own tell-all to have the final say. Only then will it be revealed that there really are two sides to every story,’ an insider said.

The source claimed Stefanovic was ‘very protective’ when it comes to his family, despite how carefree he may appear on television.

‘Both he and Jasmine are at a loss as to why the entire publicity rollout for Lisa’s book relied so heavily on the decade she shared with Karl on breakfast TV,’ they said.

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Ready to break his silence? 'Karl is now considering his own tell-all to have the final say. Only then will it be revealed that there really are two sides to every story,' an insider said

Ready to break his silence? ‘Karl is now considering his own tell-all to have the final say. Only then will it be revealed that there really are two sides to every story,’ an insider said

Starring roles: Stefanovic is apparently unhappy that Wilkinson included entire chapters about his family in her tell-all book, including his split from ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn and subsequent marriage to Jasmine Yarbrough (right)

Starring roles: Stefanovic is apparently unhappy that Wilkinson included entire chapters about his family in her tell-all book, including his split from ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn and subsequent marriage to Jasmine Yarbrough (right)

Wilkinson’s book delves into Stefanovic’s divorce from his wife-of-21-years Cassandra Thorburn in 2016 and subsequent marriage to Jasmine Yarbrough, who is nine years his junior, in 2018.

In one chapter, Wilkinson recalls the moment Stefanovic privately told her he had ‘met someone’ and was ‘madly in love’ – just months after separating from his wife.

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‘Perhaps if Lisa felt so compelled to showcase Karl and Cass in her memoir she could send them both a big fat royalty cheque for their contribution to the most interesting chapters in the book – it’s the least she could do!’ the source said.  

Private discussion: In one chapter, Wilkinson even recalls the moment Stefanovic privately told her he had 'met someone' and was 'madly in love' - just months after separating from his wife Cassandra. Pictured: Karl and ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn at the 2011 TV Week Logie Awards

Private discussion: In one chapter, Wilkinson even recalls the moment Stefanovic privately told her he had ‘met someone’ and was ‘madly in love’ – just months after separating from his wife Cassandra. Pictured: Karl and ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn at the 2011 TV Week Logie Awards 

Ruffling feathers: It comes after a number of claims in Wilkinson's memoir were questioned by industry insiders, including a chapter dedicated to her exit from Nine and falling out with Karl over a pay dispute

Ruffling feathers: It comes after a number of claims in Wilkinson’s memoir were questioned by industry insiders, including a chapter dedicated to her exit from Nine and falling out with Karl over a pay dispute

It comes after a number of claims in Wilkinson’s memoir were questioned by industry insiders, including a chapter dedicated to her exit from Nine and falling out with Karl over a pay dispute.    

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

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 Peter FitzSimons has been disputed by guests who attended the ceremony.

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. 

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Dispute: Wilkinson's claim that Stefanovic (left) intentionally 'snubbed' her vow renewals with husband Peter FitzSimons has been disputed by guests who attended the ceremony

Dispute: Wilkinson’s claim that Stefanovic (left) intentionally ‘snubbed’ her vow renewals with husband Peter FitzSimons has been disputed by guests who attended the ceremony

Claim: 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

Claim: 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.

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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. 

Riddle: 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)

Riddle: 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)

Snub? 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 in June 2007

Snub? 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 in June 2007

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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.

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

Bombshell: 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.

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‘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’. 

Money matters: This allegedly doesn't tell the full story, with News.com.au reporting earlier this month that 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

Money matters: This allegedly doesn’t tell the full story, with News.com.au reporting earlier this month that 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.

News.com.au reported earlier this month that 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.

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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.

‘They blew up and asked for their copy back,’ said an insider at the website.

Rescinded: Harper Collins 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

Rescinded: Harper Collins 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 

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News.com.au editor Lisa Muxworthy declined to comment when contacted by Daily Mail Australia.

A spokesperson for Harper Collins later told Daily Mail Australia: ‘No one from HarperCollins asked news.com.au to return a preview copy of Lisa’s book.

‘News.com.au didn’t have a preview copy of the book and there was no request to return a copy.’

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. 

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Falling out: Wilkinson claimed Stefanovic had given her the cold shoulder in the weeks prior to her sacking, which was prompted when she asked for a significant pay rise

Falling out: Wilkinson claimed Stefanovic had given her the cold shoulder in the weeks prior to her sacking, which was prompted when she asked for a significant pay rise

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 Nine in 2006 she was earning more than $700,000. The fresh-faced Stefanovic, who had just returned from a reporting stint in Los Angeles, earned less than half that amount for years as the TV couple co-hosted Nine’s breakfast TV program,’ the article states.

It was only several years later that Stefanovic would negotiate his way into a now-infamous pay rise that saw his salary explode to $2million a year. 

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Claim 3: Karl didn’t ask about her wedding on her last day on Today. Fact: Footage from the broadcast shows he did ask  

In her book, Wilkinson claims Stefanovic gave her the cold shoulder in the weeks prior to her sacking, which was prompted when she asked for a significant pay rise.

She alleged she and FitzSimons had invited Stefanovic and his partner, Jasmine Yarbrough, to attend their 25th anniversary vow renewal ceremony in October 2017.

Two days before the event, however, Stefanovic supposedly contacted FitzSimons to say they wouldn’t be attending because they’d extended their overseas holiday.

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No-show: She alleged she and FitzSimons had invited Stefanovic and his partner, Jasmine Yarbrough (right), to attend their 25th anniversary vow renewal ceremony in October 2017

No-show: She alleged she and FitzSimons had invited Stefanovic and his partner, Jasmine Yarbrough (right), to attend their 25th anniversary vow renewal ceremony in October 2017

Flaking: Two days before the event, however, Stefanovic supposedly contacted FitzSimons (right) to say they wouldn't be attending because they'd extended their overseas holiday

Flaking: Two days before the event, however, Stefanovic supposedly contacted FitzSimons (right) to say they wouldn’t be attending because they’d extended their overseas holiday

‘In the ten days since [the ceremony] Karl hadn’t contacted me, his co-host of almost eleven years, at all. No phone message, no text, no apology, not even a simple congrats. Just complete silence,’ Wilkinson alleged.

After returning to work, she claimed Stefanovic did not ask her about her holidays, nor did he apologise for being a ‘no-show at the wedding’.

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‘For the next two hours, I exchanged not a single word with Karl outside of what was scripted – because for the first time, I just didn’t trust myself to ‘play nice’,’ she said.

However, her recollection of her last show has also been challenged, with resurfaced footage showing Stefanovic had in fact said to her: ‘It’s a big welcome back to Lisa. Nice to see you again. How was your honeymoon?’ 

Allegation: After returning to work, she claimed Stefanovic did not ask her about her holidays, nor did he apologise for being a 'no-show at the wedding'

Allegation: After returning to work, she claimed Stefanovic did not ask her about her holidays, nor did he apologise for being a ‘no-show at the wedding’

Tale of the tape: However, her recollection of her last show has also been disputed, with resurfaced footage showing Stefanovic had in fact said to her: 'It's a big welcome back to Lisa. Nice to see you again. How was your honeymoon?'

Tale of the tape: However, her recollection of her last show has also been disputed, with resurfaced footage showing Stefanovic had in fact said to her: ‘It’s a big welcome back to Lisa. Nice to see you again. How was your honeymoon?’

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Claim 4: Lisa says Karl dominated the interviews and segments on her last day. Fact: Documents suggest they equally participated

Wilkinson also recalled feeling frustrated and ‘quietly fuming’ during her last day on air because ‘nearly every interview that day was being done by Karl alone’.

‘For two hours, I sat there feeling completely useless. The Today Show was now The Karl Show. What was the point of me even being there?’ she wrote.

However, The Australian has disputed this claim. 

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Angry: Wilkinson also recalled feeling frustrated and 'quietly fuming' during her last day on air because 'nearly every interview that day was being done by Karl alone'

Angry: Wilkinson also recalled feeling frustrated and ‘quietly fuming’ during her last day on air because ‘nearly every interview that day was being done by Karl alone’

Rundown: The Australian obtained internal documents showing 'an almost equal split' between Wilkinson and Stefanovic's roles 'in the key segments and interviews' during her last day on air

Rundown: The Australian obtained internal documents showing ‘an almost equal split’ between Wilkinson and Stefanovic’s roles ‘in the key segments and interviews’ during her last day on air

The publication obtained internal documents showing ‘an almost equal split’ between Wilkinson and Stefanovic’s roles ‘in the key segments and interviews’ during her last day on air.

Respected entertainment reporter Peter Ford echoed The Australian’s report during his segment on 6PR Breakfast last Wednesday. 

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‘I’ve got the rundown [from Wilkinson’s last day on Today] in front of me, and she didn’t get the lead story that day… but the rest of the show is a very even spread between Karl and Lisa.’

‘What she’s saying doesn’t stack up, and there’s actual evidence,’ he added. 

Evidence: Respected entertainment reporter Peter Ford (pictured) echoed The Australian's report during his segment on last Wednesday's 6PR Breakfast. 'I've got the rundown [from Wilkinson's last day on Today] in front of me, and she didn't get the lead story that day... but the rest of the show is a very even spread between Karl and Lisa'

Evidence: Respected entertainment reporter Peter Ford (pictured) echoed The Australian’s report during his segment on last Wednesday’s 6PR Breakfast. ‘I’ve got the rundown [from Wilkinson’s last day on Today] in front of me, and she didn’t get the lead story that day… but the rest of the show is a very even spread between Karl and Lisa’

Claim 5: Lisa says Airlie Walsh read the early morning news report on her last day; Fact: It was Kate Creedon 

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Another factual error in Wilkinson’s book, albeit minor, is her recollection of arriving at the Channel Nine studios on what would be her last day at the Today show.

She recalled arriving to work ahead of the 5.15am live news cross, which she claimed was read by reporter Airlie Walsh.

However, footage shows it was actually reporter Kate Creedon who read the bulletin.

Detail: Another factual error in Wilkinson's book, albeit minor, is her recollection of arriving at the Nine studios on what would be her last day at the Today show. She recalled arriving to work ahead of the 5.15am live news cross, which she claimed was read by reporter Airlie Walsh. However, footage shows it was actually reporter Kate Creedon who read the bulletin

Detail: Another factual error in Wilkinson’s book, albeit minor, is her recollection of arriving at the Nine studios on what would be her last day at the Today show. She recalled arriving to work ahead of the 5.15am live news cross, which she claimed was read by reporter Airlie Walsh. However, footage shows it was actually reporter Kate Creedon who read the bulletin 

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Discussing this discrepancy on 6PR Breakfast, Ford said: ‘[Wilkinson] described in her book extract where, at quarter past five in the morning, Karl threw to Airlie Walsh – and Airlie Walsh wasn’t reading the news that day.

‘So, I know that’s a little thing, but if you’re going to get little things wrong people are going to start to doubt the entire thing.’

Meanwhile, leading TV commentator Rob McKnight said Wilkinson’s book had ‘backfired’ after several of its claims were challenged.

McKnight, a former Nine executive, told Daily Mail Australia last week: ‘To be honest, I reckon we’ve heard the juiciest stuff [in extracts].

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‘The fact is she used that to sell it and it’s so backfired. She’s lost control of the narrative. She was really trying to use gender inequality and it’s really backfired.’    

Speaking out: Ford tweeted of Wilkinson's book: 'I've obtained more exclusive 'alternate facts' about Lisa's last day at Today. Increasingly more and more of what she claims simply didn't happen'

Speaking out: Ford tweeted of Wilkinson’s book: ‘I’ve obtained more exclusive ‘alternate facts’ about Lisa’s last day at Today. Increasingly more and more of what she claims simply didn’t happen’ 

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