Lisa Wilkinson admits nights writing her memoir saw her looking 'puffy' after 'hours of tears'


Lisa Wilkinson has made headlines in recent weeks over her bombshell memoir that in part details her fraught relationship with former Today co-host Karl Stefanovic.

In a lengthy Instagram post on Monday, the Channel Ten star, 61, admitted nights during the writing process for It Wasn’t Meant To Be Like This often saw her looking ‘puffy’ with ‘mascara-stained eyes after hours of tears’.

Alongside the caption, the Sunday Project host shared a candid photo of herself at home with son Jake, looking deep in thought as she wrote her autobiography. 

Honest and open: Lisa Wilkinson admitted nights writing her memoir saw her looking 'puffy' with 'mascara-stained eyes after hours of tears' in a candid Instagram post on Monday. She shared this photo with son Jake to Instagram

Honest and open: Lisa Wilkinson admitted nights writing her memoir saw her looking ‘puffy’ with ‘mascara-stained eyes after hours of tears’ in a candid Instagram post on Monday. She shared this photo with son Jake to Instagram 

‘Ever wondered what writing a book looks like? For me it was often like this: puffy, mascara-stained eyes after hours of tears and many months of a complete crisis of confidence, absolutely convinced I just wasn’t up to the task,’ Lisa began her post. 

Lisa revealed she was ‘comforted’ by son Jake one night in March, who acted as her editor and ‘assured’ her she was capable of submitting her finished chapters. 

The former magazine editor explained how she was time-poor with her commitments on The Sunday Project, and admitted to not being a fast writer.  

Difficult process: Lisa, 61, revealed she was 'comforted' by son Jake one night in March, who acted as her editor and 'assured' her she was capable of submitting her finished chapters for her bombshell autobiography, It Wasn't Meant To Be Like This

Difficult process: Lisa, 61, revealed she was ‘comforted’ by son Jake one night in March, who acted as her editor and ‘assured’ her she was capable of submitting her finished chapters for her bombshell autobiography, It Wasn’t Meant To Be Like This 

Challenges: The former magazine editor explained how she was time-poor with her commitments on The Sunday Project, and admitted to not being a fast writer

Challenges: The former magazine editor explained how she was time-poor with her commitments on The Sunday Project, and admitted to not being a fast writer 

‘It was going to bed at 3AM and waking at 6AM so I could just keep writing. It was lots of cold pizza and even colder coffee,’ she wrote.

‘It was texting friends to apologise for disappearing  and hoping they understood. It was being “grumpy mum” 24/7 and apologising for that too.’

Despite the difficulties and emotional rollercoaster of penning a book, Lisa encouraged her followers to put pen to paper if writing a book is a goal of theirs.

Far from glamorous: 'It was going to bed at 3AM and waking at 6AM so I could just keep writing. It was lots of cold pizza and even colder coffee,' she wrote

Far from glamorous: ‘It was going to bed at 3AM and waking at 6AM so I could just keep writing. It was lots of cold pizza and even colder coffee,’ she wrote 

Triumph: Despite the difficulties and emotional rollercoaster of penning a book, Lisa encouraged her followers to put pen to paper if writing a book is a goal of theirs

Triumph: Despite the difficulties and emotional rollercoaster of penning a book, Lisa encouraged her followers to put pen to paper if writing a book is a goal of theirs 

She said: ‘That moment when you finally hold your finished book in your hands, and it’s real, and you’re proud because despite everything you pushed through all the obstacles, and readers start telling you the way it makes THEM feel, is incredible!!’

However, Lisa said it’s far from the life of Sex And The City character Carrie Bradshaw, ‘sipping wine in a designer outfit’ and ‘gently tapping on a computer’.

In her tell-all book, Lisa claimed former co-host Karl, 47, gave her the cold shoulder in the weeks before she was sacked by Nine. 

Claims: In her tell-all book, Lisa claimed her former co-host Karl Stefanovic (pictured), 47, gave her  the cold shoulder for a week before she left the breakfast program

Claims: In her tell-all book, Lisa claimed her former co-host Karl Stefanovic (pictured), 47, gave her  the cold shoulder for a week before she left the breakfast program 

Lisa explained that 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.  

Two days before the event, however, the couple 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,’ Lisa alleged.

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

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

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’.  

‘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.

Hot topic: Lisa also 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'

Hot topic: Lisa also 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’ 

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

Elsewhere in the book, 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 claimed 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.

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

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. She 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 Little (left) 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 Little (left) and Waleed Aly (right)

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