Carrie Bickmore pays tribute to Lisa Wilkinson after she quits The Project


Carrie Bickmore has paid tribute to Lisa Wilkinson following her shock resignation from The Project on Sunday night.

The 41-year-old shared a photo alongside the TV presenter to Instagram and congratulated her on ‘achieving so much during her brilliant career’.

‘Congrats Lis on your incredible time. You’ve achieved so much during your brilliant career so far and the show is so lucky to have had you for the past five years,’ Carrie wrote.

Carrie Bickmore has paid tribute to Lisa Wilkinson after she quit The Project just weeks following her own resignation amid rumours of a feud between the two women 

‘You will be sorely missed. It’s not goodbye, just goodbye for now…and I look forward to that margarita!!’

It comes amid rumours of a feud between Carrie and Lisa, which began in 2018 when reports claimed the long-standing Project star ‘was furious’ her new desk partner was going to earn four times her salary.

They claimed Carrie was ‘less than impressed’ with Ten’s decision to recruit Lisa on The Project.

‘[She is] p**sed off at Wilkinson being shipped in to sit alongside her,’ insiders allegedly told the Daily Telegraph at the time.

They noted that the centre of Carrie’s frustration was likely to be her comparably meek pay packet of a rumoured $500,000 – an amount almost four times less than Lisa was earning in her role on The Project, which was said to be $2.3 million.

At the time Carrie denied the claims, telling Who magazine: ‘I couldn’t be more excited to be working with her. We text, we call and we’re going to make a great team.

‘It’s good when someone big joins the show. It revives it and changes it. You need that on a show that is on every night,’ she added.

It comes amid rumours of a feud between Carrie and Lisa, which began in 2018 when reports claimed the long-standing Project star 'was furious' her new desk partner was going to earn four times her salary. Pictured Carrie and co-host Tommy Little

It comes amid rumours of a feud between Carrie and Lisa, which began in 2018 when reports claimed the long-standing Project star ‘was furious’ her new desk partner was going to earn four times her salary. Pictured Carrie and co-host Tommy Little 

Lisa told news.com: ‘I couldn’t believe [there were rumours] because this is complete fiction. Carrie can’t believe it, I can’t believe it,’ she said.

‘For us it’s really disappointing that for some reason there’s a belief … that two strong women can’t work together and support each other and enjoy working together.’

Lisa also shared a moving tribute to Carrie after the Gold Logie winner announced she was leaving The Project last month.

The beloved TV presenter fought back tears as she told viewers it was the hardest decision she has had to make in her professional life on Tuesday.

In a sweet Instagram tribute, Lisa shared a photo of the pair riding bikes with a sweet caption describing their long friendship.

‘Long before Carrie Bickmore and I were The Project colleagues, we were mates off air working at different networks,’ she explained.

‘And I feel so lucky to have now also shared the last five years at the Project desk with you, Carrie,’ she went on.

‘Long before Carrie Bickmore and I were The Project colleagues, we were mates off air working at different networks,’ she explained.

‘And I feel so lucky to have now also shared the last five years at the Project desk with you, Carrie,’ she went on.

Meanwhile there was thought to be tension between Carrie’s close pal and radio co-host Tommy and Lisa last year when he made a joke about South African cricketer Quinton de Kock that left her visibly cringing.

At the time Lisa looked extremely awkward over Tommy’s reporting on Quinton de Kock’s performance during the match against Australia at the T20 World Cup. 

Lisa announced she was quitting The Project at the end of Sunday's episode, leaving viewers stunned

Lisa announced she was quitting The Project at the end of Sunday’s episode, leaving viewers stunned

Lisa squirmed in her seat when Tommy quipped: ‘There is no better feeling than watching the Aussies bowl with de Kock out.’

Refusing to make eye contact with Tommy, an unimpressed Lisa shuffled her papers on the desk.

Lisa announced she was quitting The Project at the end of Sunday’s episode, leaving viewers stunned. 

‘I have decided it’s time to reprioritise a few things in my life,’ the TV veteran began alongside co-hosts Hamish Macdonald and Laura Byrne.

‘And after almost 15 years of the early alarm of breakfast TV, and now another five years here at The Project desk, I’m looking at how I want the coming years to play out both professionally and personally,’ she added.

‘So, from tonight, I am stepping back from hosting the show.

'I have to be honest with you. The last six months have not been easy, and the relentless targeted toxicity in the media has taken a toll. Not just on me, but on people I love,' she said

‘I have to be honest with you. The last six months have not been easy, and the relentless targeted toxicity in the media has taken a toll. Not just on me, but on people I love,’ she said

‘Sitting at this desk and working with this incredible team – both in front of and behind the camera – has been an absolute privilege.

‘These people are genuinely are some of the most talented and decent humans I know.

‘And you, our passionate, engaged audience, have been so kind in making me feel so welcome in your homes. I’ve had a ball, but for me, right now, it’s time for a change.’

She went on to explain that she was not leaving Channel 10 and was ‘looking at some exciting work ideas ahead’.

‘But I have to be honest with you. The last six months have not been easy, and the relentless targeted toxicity in the media has taken a toll. Not just on me, but on people I love,’ Wilkinson said.

‘Don’t get me wrong, I’m not above criticism, far from it. I’m human, and I don’t always get it right, none of us do, but by God I’ve tried. 

‘I’ve given this job everything I have, and I hope you at home know that. I hope I’ve brought you stories that matter and introduced you to people whose lives and experiences might have otherwise never been told, and helped bring into focus issues that deserve our collective attention.

‘So to everyone who has been so incredibly supportive and reached out, particularly in recent months, thank you. You’ll never know how much it has meant to me.’

She concluded: ‘I especially want to thank [media executive] Peter Meakin here at The Project, the wise old owl of news and current affairs in this country, who has been such an unwavering and generous supporter and mentor of mine right across my time in TV, just as he has been for so many others.

‘And finally to Leigh Sales, Tracy Grimshaw, and Carrie Bickmore: if you guys are up for a drink, I’ll see you at the bar. The margaritas are on me.’

Wilkinson (right, with Hamish Macdonald) went on to explain that she was not leaving Channel 10 and was 'looking at some exciting work ideas ahead'

Wilkinson (right, with Hamish Macdonald) went on to explain that she was not leaving Channel 10 and was ‘looking at some exciting work ideas ahead’

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