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Ally Langdon refuses to comment on Lisa Wilkinson’s tell-all memoir

Ally Langdon takes the high road when asked about Lisa Wilkinson’s tell-all memoir – and insists her Today co-host Karl Stefanovic ‘is incredibly generous’


Allison Langdon is maintaining a dignified silence on Lisa Wilkinson’s explosive Today show tell-all.

Speaking to the TV Blackbox podcast this week, the 42-year-old chose not to address Wilkinson’s memoir, and instead offered words of support for her Today co-host Karl Stefanovic.

‘That’s very hard for me to comment on because it was before my time,’ she said when pressed by host Rob McKnight about Wilkinson’s book.

Taking the high road: Allison Langdon is maintaining a dignified silence on Lisa Wilkinson’s explosive Today show tell-all. Pictured with Karl Stefanovic

‘I can only talk about how it is now sitting next to Karl, and he is the most giving co-host, incredibly generous,’ she continued.

‘My experience is obviously all I can talk to. What happened with Lisa was before my time so I don’t think it’s really appropriate for me to get involved or to comment.’

Langdon’s comments come just days after Stefanovic offered a classy response when asked about Wilkinson’s claims over the weekend.

‘Brother, I’ve got too many positive and wonderful things going on in my life to talk about that stuff,’ he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

‘I’m very happy. In work and life,’ he added.

Praise: 'I can only talk about how it is now sitting next to Karl and he is the most giving co-host, incredibly generous,' Langdon told the TV Blackbox podcast this week

Praise: ‘I can only talk about how it is now sitting next to Karl and he is the most giving co-host, incredibly generous,’ Langdon told the TV Blackbox podcast this week

Wilkinson’s explosive new 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.

Not holding back! Wilkinson's explosive new book includes a chapter dedicated to her sacking from Channel Nine and falling out with Stefanovic over a pay dispute

Not holding back! Wilkinson’s explosive new 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.

‘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’.

Bombshell: Wilkinson makes several explosive claims about Stefanovic in It Wasn't Meant to Be Like This, including that he 'gave her the cold shoulder' when she left the Today show

Bombshell: Wilkinson makes several explosive claims about Stefanovic in It Wasn’t Meant to Be Like This, including that he ‘gave her the cold shoulder’ when she left the Today show

However, this allegedly doesn’t tell the full story, with News.com.au reporting last week 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.

This damning article – which challenged 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.

'I'm very happy': Stefanovic (left) issued a classy response to Wilkinson's (right) tell-all memoir over the weekend, telling the Sydney Morning Herald, 'Brother, I've got too many positive and wonderful things going on in my life to talk about that stuff'

‘I’m very happy’: Stefanovic (left) issued a classy response to Wilkinson’s (right) tell-all memoir over the weekend, telling the Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Brother, I’ve got too many positive and wonderful things going on in my life to talk about that stuff’

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