Lisa Wilkinson describes Karl Stefanovic's 'extraordinary restraint' after fallout from divorce


Lisa Wilkinson describes former co-star Karl Stefanovic’s ‘extraordinary restraint’ when dealing with fallout of divorce with Cassandra Thorburn


Lisa Wilkinson describes how her former Today show co-star Karl Stefanovic dealt with the fallout around his marriage breakdown in her new memoir, It Wasn’t Meant To Be Like This.

The TV star, 47, finalised his divorce from Cassandra Thorburn, 50, in March 2019, and found himself in a media frenzy. 

While Karl was stoic in the face of the pressure, Lisa, 61, said she felt like going to bat on his behalf. 

Open book: Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) describes how her former Today show co-star Karl Stefanovic dealt with the fallout around his marriage breakdown in her new memoir, It Wasn't Meant To Be Like This

Open book: Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) describes how her former Today show co-star Karl Stefanovic dealt with the fallout around his marriage breakdown in her new memoir, It Wasn’t Meant To Be Like This

‘At one airport, as we came through the security doors, I heard a pap continually goading him, ‘Hey Karl, why did you leave your wife?” Lisa writes. 

‘It was disgusting to witness, but Karl didn’t flinch; he just kept walking. He refused to give them what they wanted – a blow-up. 

‘His restraint was extraordinary,’ she added. 

Split: Karl (right) and Cassandra Thorburn (left), who shared three children, Jackson, 20, Ava, 15, and River, 13, parted ways in 2016 and divorced in 2019 after 21 years of marriage

Split: Karl (right) and Cassandra Thorburn (left), who shared three children, Jackson, 20, Ava, 15, and River, 13, parted ways in 2016 and divorced in 2019 after 21 years of marriage

'At one airport, as we came through the security doors, I heard a pap continually goading him, 'Hey Karl, why did you leave your wife?'' Lisa writes

‘At one airport, as we came through the security doors, I heard a pap continually goading him, ‘Hey Karl, why did you leave your wife?” Lisa writes

Lisa went on: ‘I, on the other hand, wanted to yell at them to back off, and it took every bit of strength I had in me not to. Sensing my fury, Karl just mumbled under his breath next to me, ‘Don’t react’.’  

Karl and Cassandra, who shared three children, Jackson, 20, Ava, 15, and River, 13, parted ways in 2016 and divorced in 2019 after 21 years of marriage. 

It’s rumoured the former TV producer and mother of three walked away with about $6million in assets and cash. 

Stood up: While Karl was stoic in the face of the pressure, Lisa, 61, said she felt like going to bat on his behalf. 'It was disgusting to witness, but Karl didn't flinch; he just kept walking. He refused to give them what they wanted – a blow-up. His restraint was extraordinary,' she said

Stood up: While Karl was stoic in the face of the pressure, Lisa, 61, said she felt like going to bat on his behalf. ‘It was disgusting to witness, but Karl didn’t flinch; he just kept walking. He refused to give them what they wanted – a blow-up. His restraint was extraordinary,’ she said

Happy man: Karl is now happily married to shoe designer Jasmine Yarbrough (right) and the couple share a daughter, Harper, one

Happy man: Karl is now happily married to shoe designer Jasmine Yarbrough (right) and the couple share a daughter, Harper, one

Karl is now happily married to shoe designer Jasmine Yarbrough and the couple share a daughter, Harper, one. 

Lisa’s book also includes a chapter dedicated to her sacking from Channel Nine and eventual falling out with former co-star Karl over a pay dispute. 

Lisa Wilkinson’s It Wasn’t Meant to Be Like This was released on November 1.

Book: Lisa Wilkinson's biography It Wasn't Meant to Be Like This was released on November 1

 Book: Lisa Wilkinson’s biography It Wasn’t Meant to Be Like This was released on November 1

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