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The Project’s Lisa Wilkinson cringes over co-host Tommy Little’s VERY x-rated joke on air

The Project’s Tommy Little is known for his banter and at times, very crude jokes.  

And on Sunday’s show, co-host Lisa Wilkinson was left cringing over his reporting on South African cricketer Quinton de Kock’s performance during the match against Australia at the T20 World Cup on Saturday. 

Lisa, 61, squirmed in her seat when Tommy, 36, quipped: ‘There is no better feeling than watching the Aussies bowl with de Kock out.’

Not impressed: The Project’s Lisa Wilkinson (pictured), 61, squirmed in her seat on Sunday’s show as co-host Tommy Little made a VERY crude joke on air

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

‘What are you reading there, Wilko?’ he asked, with Lisa’s disapproval clearly evident. 

‘Anything, as long as I don’t have to listen to you right now,’ she responded before awkwardly breaking out into laughter. 

‘Have him fired,’ Tommy quipped, brushing off the on air tension.   

On air: Lisa cringed over his reporting on South African cricketer Quinton de Kock's performance during the first match at the T20 World Cup on Saturday. Tommy (pictured), 36, quipped: 'There is no better feeling than watching the Aussies bowl with de Kock out'

On air: Lisa cringed over his reporting on South African cricketer Quinton de Kock’s performance during the first match at the T20 World Cup on Saturday. Tommy (pictured), 36, quipped: ‘There is no better feeling than watching the Aussies bowl with de Kock out’ 

Lisa has been making headlines of late over damning extracts from her soon-to-be released autobiography, It Wasn’t Meant to Be Like This.

An excerpt was published in The Sunday Telegraph earlier this month, where she addressed her awkward final encounter with former Today co-host Karl Stefanovic, 47, before she was sacked by Nine in 2017. 

Lisa claimed Karl had given her the cold shoulder in the weeks before the firing, explaining how she and her husband, Peter FitzSimons, had invited Karl and his partner, Jasmine Yarbrough, to attend their 25th anniversary vow renewal ceremony in October 2017.  

Awkward: 'What are you reading there, Wilko?' he asked, with Lisa's disapproval clearly evident. 'Anything, as long as I don't have to listen to you right now,' she responded before awkwardly breaking out into laughter

Awkward: ‘What are you reading there, Wilko?’ he asked, with Lisa’s disapproval clearly evident. ‘Anything, as long as I don’t have to listen to you right now,’ she responded before awkwardly breaking out into laughter

Two days before the event, however, Karl and Jasmine contacted Peter to say they wouldn’t be attending the celebrations 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,’ she alleged.

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

Candid: Lisa has been making headlines over damning extracts from her autobiography, It Wasn't Meant to Be Like This. An excerpt was published in The Sunday Telegraph where she addressed her awkward final encounter with former Today co-host Karl Stefanovic, 47

Candid: Lisa has been making headlines over damning extracts from her autobiography, It Wasn’t Meant to Be Like This. An excerpt was published in The Sunday Telegraph where she addressed her awkward final encounter with former Today co-host Karl Stefanovic, 47

‘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.

Lisa went on to say she was also ‘quietly fuming’ 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 added.

Channel Nine declined to comment when contacted by Daily Mail Australia.

Last days: Lisa said she was 'quietly fuming' during her last days at Nine on Today after Karl (pictured) failed to show up to her vow renewal ceremony with husband Peter FitzSimons

Last days: Lisa said she was ‘quietly fuming’ during her last days at Nine on Today after Karl (pictured) failed to show up to her vow renewal ceremony with husband Peter FitzSimons

In another extract published in The Herald Sun, Lisa addressed the gender pay gap between the two breakfast TV hosts.  

She alleged Karl had 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. 

‘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. 

Snub: Two days before the event, Karl contacted Peter (left) to say he wouldn't be attending the celebrations because he'd extended his overseas holiday

Snub: Two days before the event, Karl contacted Peter (left) to say he wouldn’t be attending the celebrations because he’d extended his overseas holiday

Karl was soon at the centre of a bidding war between Nine and Seven that resulted in him re-signing a multimillion-dollar five-year deal with Nine.

Lisa’s deal was worth significantly less, 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’.  

Lisa also described the moment she was told she’d never return to the helm at Today, following after her first day back on-air after the holidays. 

Claims: In another extract published in The Herald Sun, Lisa addressed the gender pay gap between the two breakfast TV hosts, saying it was 'so off the charts that no-one would have believed it'

Claims: In another extract published in The Herald Sun, Lisa addressed the gender pay gap between the two breakfast TV hosts, saying it was ‘so off the charts that no-one would have believed it’ 

Exit: Lisa left the Today show in October 2017 after a reported gender pay gap dispute. Nine was 'unable to meet her expectations' after she demanded equal pay with Karl

Exit: Lisa left the Today show in October 2017 after a reported gender pay gap dispute. Nine was ‘unable to meet her expectations’ after she demanded equal pay with Karl

She said she was shopping at her local Woolworths when she received a phone call from her manager Nick Fordham, who had just finished a meeting with Nine’s CEO Hugh Marks.

Nick told her she was ‘permanently off’ the Today show, and would never return.   

Lisa left the Today show in October 2017 after a reported gender pay gap dispute. 

Nine was ‘unable to meet her expectations’ after she demanded equal pay with Karl, according to reports at the time.

In January 2018, Lisa joined Channel 10 in a rumoured multimillion-dollar deal to host The Sunday Project.     

Rival network: Since joining The Sunday Project in 2018, Lisa has landed sit-down interviews with A-list stars. Pictured with co-hosts Tommy and Waleed Aly (right)

Rival network: Since joining The Sunday Project in 2018, Lisa has landed sit-down interviews with A-list stars. Pictured with co-hosts Tommy and Waleed Aly (right)


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