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The Project: ‘More resignations’ are coming after Lisa Wilkinson exit, says pundit

There might be extra resignations to return for Channel 10’s embattled present affairs present The Project, a number one TV pundit has warned.

The left-leaning information program has been rocked by two high-profile exits in latest weeks: Lisa Wilkinson introduced final night time she was quitting efficient instantly, and long-time anchor Carrie Bickmore confirmed her departure a month in the past.

But that might not be the tip of the mass exodus, with veteran leisure reporter Peter Ford saying he specialists extra presenters to throw within the towel earlier than the tip of the rankings year.

There might be extra resignations to return for Channel 10’s The Project, a number one TV pundit has warned. The left-leaning information program has been rocked by two high-profile exits in latest weeks: Lisa Wilkinson (proper) introduced final night time she was quitting efficient instantly, and long-time anchor Carrie Bickmore (left) confirmed her departure a month in the past

‘There might be extra “shock resignations” within the subsequent two weeks,’ he tweeted after Wilkinson introduced her exit on the finish of The Sunday Project.

‘How coincidental so many individuals all resolve at similar time they “need a change”,’ added Ford, the showbiz correspondent for The Morning Show and 3AW Breakfast.

Ford promised to inform all about Wilkinson’s exit and ‘who’s going subsequent’, in addition to the story behind Channel 10’s ‘last-ditch try to rebrand the present’, on Monday.

That may not be the end of the mass exodus, with entertainment reporter Peter Ford (pictured) saying he experts more presenters to throw in the towel before the end of the ratings year

That might not be the tip of the mass exodus, with leisure reporter Peter Ford (pictured) saying he specialists extra presenters to throw within the towel earlier than the tip of the rankings year 

He later fired off a snarky tweet accusing Wilkinson of ‘making herself a sufferer’ along with her resignation speech, by which she accused the media of ‘focused toxicity’ and spoke of how the final ‘six months haven’t been simple’.

‘All the arduous work she’s put in and so forth. and so forth. for 4 nights every week and 20 grand every week. That poor woman!’ he added.

He didn’t specify who can be subsequent out the door, however The Project has a roster of standard hosts together with comic Tommy Little, former Q&A presenter Hamish Macdonald and long-time co-anchor Waleed Aly.

Aly is unlikely to go away, nevertheless, after signing a ‘seven-figure, multi-year deal’ with Channel 10 in March, in keeping with The Australian.

'There will be more

‘There might be extra “shock resignations” in the next two weeks,’ Ford tweeted on Sunday. ‘How coincidental so many people all decide at same time they “want a change”.’ (Pictured: Bickmore and Wilkinson on the Logie Awards on the Gold Coast on June 30, 2019)

Ford promised to tell all about Wilkinson's exit and 'who is going next', as well as the story behind Channel 10's 'last-ditch attempt to rebrand the show', on Monday

Ford promised to inform all about Wilkinson’s exit and ‘who’s going subsequent’, in addition to the story behind Channel 10’s ‘last-ditch try to rebrand the present’, on Monday

Ford did not specify who would be next out the door, but The Project has a roster of regular hosts including comedian Tommy Little...

...and former Q&A presenter Hamish Macdonald

He didn’t specify who can be subsequent out the door, however The Project has a roster of standard hosts together with comic Tommy Little (left) and former Q&A presenter Hamish Macdonald (proper)

Long-time co-anchor Waleed Aly (pictured) is unlikely to leave, however, after signing a 'seven-figure, multi-year deal' with Channel 10 in March, according to The Australian

Long-time co-anchor Waleed Aly (pictured) is unlikely to go away, nevertheless, after signing a ‘seven-figure, multi-year deal’ with Channel 10 in March, in keeping with The Australian

Ford wasn’t the one media persona weighing in on Wilkinson’s exit, with radio host Kyle Sandilands speculating she had been ‘railroaded out’.

He additionally predicted her exit from The Project will successfully mark the tip of her life within the public eye, noting how her husband Peter FitzSimons has additionally stepped again from his high-profile position as the top of the Australian Republic Movement.

He added: ‘Lisa Wilkinson, jobless. Thank God. Channel 10 noticed the sunshine, removed that $2million mistake. And now the husband [FitzSimons] has acquired no job both. You watch them vanish… They will disappear. They will simply go away.’

More to return. 

Ford wasn't the only media personality weighing in on Wilkinson's exit, with radio host Kyle Sandilands (pictured) speculating she had been 'railroaded out'

Ford wasn’t the one media persona weighing in on Wilkinson’s exit, with radio host Kyle Sandilands (pictured) speculating she had been ‘railroaded out’

He also predicted her exit from The Project will effectively mark the end of her life in the public eye, noting how her husband Peter FitzSimons (right) has also stepped back from his high-profile role as the head of the Australian Republic Movement. (Pictured in September 2017)

He additionally predicted her exit from The Project will successfully mark the tip of her life within the public eye, noting how her husband Peter FitzSimons (proper) has additionally stepped again from his high-profile position as the top of the Australian Republic Movement. (Pictured in September 2017)

Wilkinson, 62, introduced she was quitting The Project on the finish of Sunday night time’s episode, leaving viewers surprised. 

‘I’ve determined it is time to reprioritise a number of issues in my life,’ the TV veteran started alongside co-hosts Macdonald and Laura Byrne.

‘And after nearly 15 years of the early alarm of breakfast TV, and now one other 5 years right here at The Project desk, I’m taking a look at how I would like the coming years to play out each professionally and personally,’ she added.

Wilkinson, 62, announced she was quitting The Project at the end of Sunday night's episode, leaving viewers stunned

Wilkinson, 62, introduced she was quitting The Project on the finish of Sunday night time’s episode, leaving viewers surprised 

‘So, from tonight, I’m stepping again from internet hosting the present.

‘Sitting at this desk and dealing with this unbelievable group – each in entrance of and behind the digital camera – has been an absolute privilege.

‘These folks are genuinely are a number of the most gifted and respectable people I do know.

‘And you, our passionate, engaged viewers, have been so type in making me really feel so welcome in your houses. I’ve had a ball, however for me, proper now, it is time for a change.’

Wilkinson went on to clarify that she was not leaving Channel 10 and was ‘taking a look at some thrilling work concepts forward’. 

'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’ve to be sincere with you. The final six months haven’t been simple, and the relentless focused toxicity within the media has taken a toll. Not simply on me, however on folks I really like,’ she stated

‘But I’ve to be sincere with you. The final six months haven’t been simple, and the relentless focused toxicity within the media has taken a toll. Not simply on me, however on folks I really like,’ Wilkinson stated. 

‘Don’t get me flawed, I’m not above criticism, removed from it. I’m human, and I do not all the time get it proper, none of us do, however by God I’ve tried. 

‘I’ve given this job every part I’ve, and I hope you at dwelling know that. I hope I’ve introduced you tales that matter and launched you to folks whose lives and experiences might need in any other case by no means been advised, and helped deliver into focus points that deserve our collective consideration. 

‘So to everybody who has been so extremely supportive and reached out, significantly in latest months, thanks. You’ll by no means know the way a lot it has meant to 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 (proper, with Hamish Macdonald) went on to clarify that she was not leaving Channel 10 and was ‘taking a look at some thrilling work concepts forward’

Wilkinson concluded: ‘I particularly wish to thank [media executive] Peter Meakin right here at The Project, the sensible outdated owl of stories and present affairs on this nation, who has been such an unwavering and beneficiant supporter and mentor of mine proper throughout my time in TV, simply as he has been for therefore many others.

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

Macdonald praised Wilkinson for making the tough choice to go away.

Macdonald praised Wilkinson for making the difficult decision to leave. 'I know being your colleague and friend for some years now, that this is the right decision for you and your family at this point in time,' he said

Macdonald praised Wilkinson for making the tough choice to go away. ‘I do know being your colleague and good friend for some years now, that that is the precise choice for you and your loved ones at this time limit,’ he stated

'There's been days this year, particularly in the last six months, where I think you've taught all of us a lesson here in what resolve and tenacity is,' he added while holding Wilkinson's hand

‘There’s been days this year, significantly within the final six months, the place I believe you’ve got taught all of us a lesson right here in what resolve and tenacity is,’ he added whereas holding Wilkinson’s hand  

‘There’s been days this year, significantly within the final six months, the place I believe you’ve got taught all of us a lesson right here in what resolve and tenacity is,’ he added whereas holding Wilkinson’s hand.

‘There have been days this year, significantly within the final six months, the place I believe you’ve got taught all of us a lesson right here in what resolve and tenacity is. And you’ve got turned up on digital camera even on days the place, you recognize, it has been powerful.

‘So I perceive how we now have ended up right here. I do know everybody here’s a bit shocked by this, and there are many colleagues that can wish to ship you off with their love.

The exit follows a controversial year for Wilkinson, during which she was taken off air after her disastrous Logies speech that resulted in a rape trial being delayed. (Pictured at the Logies)

The exit follows a controversial year for Wilkinson, throughout which she was taken off air after her disastrous Logies speech that resulted in a rape trial being delayed. (Pictured on the Logies)

‘They’re most likely studying about this proper now together with all of you at dwelling and so I wish to say from all of us right here The Project and at Ten, thanks very a lot as a result of you could have put all that you’ve got into this. 

‘You work like a bloody horse. It’s unbelievable.’

Macdonald concluded with the promise that Wilkinson might return to The Project sooner or later.

‘Have an awesome lengthy break, so long as you want. We’ll see you again right here if you’re prepared,’ he stated.

Wilkinson's advocacy-tinged journalism landed her in hot water when she spoke of an upcoming court case while accepting an award at the Logies on June 19 (pictured)

Wilkinson’s advocacy-tinged journalism landed her in scorching water when she spoke of an upcoming court docket case whereas accepting an award on the Logies on June 19 (pictured)

Wilkinson won the Gold Logie for her sit-down interview with Brittany Higgins (right), in which the ex-Liberal staffer alleged she was raped by her colleague Bruce Lehrmann in a minister's office during 2019

Wilkinson gained the Gold Logie for her sit-down interview with Brittany Higgins (proper), by which the ex-Liberal staffer alleged she was raped by her colleague Bruce Lehrmann in a minister’s office throughout 2019

The exit follows a controversial year for Wilkinson, throughout which she was taken off air after her disastrous Logies speech that resulted in a rape trial being delayed.

Wilkinson gained the Gold Logie for her sit-down interview with Brittany Higgins, by which the ex-Liberal staffer alleged she was raped by her colleague Bruce Lehrmann in a minister’s office throughout 2019.

The unique trial date was slated for June 27 however within the aftermath of Wilkinson’s acceptance speech, a decide delayed the high-profile case ruling it could be ‘unfair’ to proceed among the many public commentary surrounding the case. 

The court docket case was delayed till October because of this. 

Wilkinson made an unexpected return to the live panel in July (pictured with Rachel Corbett). Her return was a 'last-minute' decision, insiders told The Australian, leaving many industry figures blindsided as previous reports indicated she wouldn't be back on air until August

Wilkinson made an sudden return to the reside panel in July (pictured with Rachel Corbett). Her return was a ‘last-minute’ choice, insiders advised The Australian, leaving many trade figures blindsided as earlier stories indicated she would not be again on air till August

While The Project star copped a wave of public scrutiny, Channel 10 stood by Wilkinson and referred to as the criticism ‘inaccurate and unfair’, however she was nonetheless taken off the air and decamped to Hollywood to flee the backlash.

Wilkinson later resurfaced on Instagram on July 18 to disclose she was in Los Angeles, sharing a photograph of herself outdoors The Hotel California in Palm Springs. 

During her absence from the reside panel, she recorded interviews in California with the likes of Gloria Allred and Ryan Tedder for The Project.  

Lisa broke her social media silence to reveal she was in Los Angeles on July 18, sharing this photo of herself outside The Hotel California in Palm Springs

Lisa broke her social media silence to disclose she was in Los Angeles on July 18, sharing this photograph of herself outdoors The Hotel California in Palm Springs

During her absence from the live panel, she recorded interviews in California with the likes of Gloria Allred and Ryan Tedder for The Project. Pictured: Wilkinson interviewing musician Ryan Tedder in a pre-recorded segment that aired in July

During her absence from the reside panel, she recorded interviews in California with the likes of Gloria Allred and Ryan Tedder for The Project. Pictured: Wilkinson interviewing musician Ryan Tedder in a pre-recorded section that aired in July

Lisa made an sudden return to the reside panel in July, and was again to anchoring the Channel 10 present 4 nights every week. 

She reportedly ‘raced again’ to Australia so she may fill the internet hosting position, after decamping to Hollywood for a number of weeks. 

Her return was a ‘last-minute’ choice, insiders advised The Australian, leaving many trade figures blindsided as earlier stories indicated she would not be again on air till August.

She reportedly 'raced back' to Australia so she could fill the hosting position, after decamping to Hollywood for several weeks

She reportedly ‘raced again’ to Australia so she may fill the internet hosting position, after decamping to Hollywood for a number of weeks 

The veteran TV star joined The Project in 2018, following her departure from the Today present, after a reported wage dispute and ‘simmering tensions’ with former co-host Karl Stefanovic.

In November, The Daily Telegraph claimed Wilkinson was pocketing an infinite $1.7million per year on The Project.

It comes on the again of a tough year for the present affairs panel present, which has now lost two of its largest stars.  

Lisa joined The Project in 2018, following her departure from the Today show after a reported salary dispute and 'simmering tensions' with former co-host Karl Stefanovic (right)

Lisa joined The Project in 2018, following her departure from the Today present after a reported wage dispute and ‘simmering tensions’ with former co-host Karl Stefanovic (proper) 

In November, The Daily Telegraph claimed Wilkinson was pocketing an enormous $1.7million per year on The Project

In November, The Daily Telegraph claimed Wilkinson was pocketing an infinite $1.7million per year on The Project 

In October, Lisa’s co-star Carrie Bickmore introduced her departure from The Project after 12 years on air. 

Bickmore had been absent for a 3 month ‘sabbatical’ along with her household in London earlier this year, earlier than returning to the panel in July, solely to give up in October.  

Carrie will depart Channel 10 altogether after she winds up this month, making her subsequent career transfer unclear.

It comes on the back of a difficult year for The Project. In October, Lisa's co-star Carrie Bickmore (pictured) announced her departure from the current affairs show after 12 years

It comes on the again of a tough year for The Project. In October, Lisa’s co-star Carrie Bickmore (pictured) introduced her departure from the present affairs present after 12 years 

Last year, OzTAM rankings revealed Channel 10’s flagship present affairs program had lost nearly a 3rd of its viewers since 2011.

The struggling present noticed its metro rankings plummet to an all-time low of simply 367,000 final year.

That’s a 30 per cent decline from its five-city viewers of 538,000 a decade earlier.

Last year, OzTAM ratings revealed Channel 10's flagship current affairs program had lost almost a third of its audience since 2011. Pictured (L-R): Tommy little, Peter Helliar, Hamish Macdonald, Carrie Bickmore, Waleed Aly, Lisa Wilkinson and Gorgi Coghlan

Last year, OzTAM rankings revealed Channel 10’s flagship present affairs program had lost nearly a 3rd of its viewers since 2011. Pictured (L-R): Tommy little, Peter Helliar, Hamish Macdonald, Carrie Bickmore, Waleed Aly, Lisa Wilkinson and Gorgi Coghlan

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