Read the brutal swipe Jacinta Price took at Lisa Wilkinson as she quits The Project whinging about ‘toxicity’ – as the Senator demands millionaire TV star learn what ‘tough’ means to everyday Aussies
- Lisa Wilkinson sensationally quit Channel 10’s The Project on Sunday night
- Jacinta Price lashed out in a Facebook post on Monday, reopening old wounds
- Ms Price has been in war of words with Wilkinson’s husband Peter FitzSimons
Jacinta Price has delivered a blistering response to Lisa Wilkinson after she announced she was quitting The Project over ‘targeted toxicity’, saying the TV star should leave her inner-city bubble and see what real strife is like out in the bush.
The Channel 10 star announced her shock departure from the programme on Sunday after five years, admitting the last six months had taken a ‘toll’ and ‘not been easy’.
Her complaints prompted Indigenous senator Ms Price, who grew up in Alice Springs and has been locked in a bitter months-long feud with Wilkinson’s husband Peter FitzSimons, to unleash a brutal swipe on Facebook.
‘Perhaps you and your husband might want to spend a few months out bush now that you have the time, to see what tough means to every day Australians and some our most marginalised in communities that are far far away from the sunny north shore?’, she wrote.
Indigenous Senator Jacinta Price (pictured) has told Lisa Wilkinson to get out of her ritzy inner-city bubble and head to the bush, after the TV presenter quit The Project blaming ‘targeted toxicity’
Wilkinson currently lives with FitzSimons in a lavish multi-million dollar home in Cremorne on Sydney’s north shore, sparking calls from critics the couple are ‘out of touch’.
They previously owned a a five-bedroom, three-bathroom mansion in Mosman with harbour views.
Despite the couple’s luxurious surrounding, Wilkinson’s exit from The Project came after a controversial year, during which she was taken off air following her disastrous Logies speech that resulted in a rape trial being delayed.
She won the Gold Logie for her interview with Brittany Higgins, where the ex-Liberal staffer alleged she was raped by her colleague Bruce Lehrmann in a minister’s office in 2019.
The original trial date was slated for June 27 but after Wilkinson’s acceptance speech, a judge delayed the high-profile case ruling it would be ‘unfair’ to continue given the public commentary surrounding the case.
The court case was delayed until October as a result, but that hearing was abandoned after a juror brought unapproved material into the jury room.
This, and the fallout from colleagues and the public over her recently-released tell-all memoir, It wasn’t meant to be like this, made Wilkinson the target of immense scrutiny.
‘The last six months have not been easy, and the relentless targeted toxicity by some seciont of the media has taken a toll, not just on me, but on people I love,’ she said in her emotional announcement on The Project.
Her departure comes as long-time host Carrier Bickmore also pulled the plug on the flagship show last month and comedian Peter Helliar told viewers he’s also leaving on Tuesday’s episode.
Lisa 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)
Lisa currently lives with FitzSimons in a lavish multi-million dollar home in Cremorne on Sydney’s affluent north shore. They previously owned a a five bedroom, three bathroom mansion in Mosman with harbour views (pictured: Lisa’s former home in Mosman)
What is the Indigenous Voice to Parliament?
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese wants a body enshrined in the Constitution that would enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to provide advice to the Parliament on policies and projects that impact their lives.
A referendum is needed to change the Constitution. The vote will need support from the majority of Australians in the majority of states to be successful.
The question that could be put to Australians is: ‘Do you support an alteration to the constitution that establishes an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice?’
In August her author and columnist husband FitzSimons also sparked controversy when he was accused by Ms Price being ‘rude and aggressive’ to her during an interview for his column in the Sun Herald newspaper.
She told FitzSimons at the time to ‘get down from the bloody ivory tower and come out to one of my communities’ – an invitation that was repeated in her social media post on Monday.
The interview was focused Ms Price’s staunch opposition to the proposed Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum, which he strongly supports.
In a social media post on the day the article was published, the Country Liberal Party Senator wrote: ‘I don’t know if I’d do another interview with the bloke again.
‘He accused me of giving racists a voice but that wasn’t printed.’
FitzSimons denied Ms Price’s characterisation of how the interview went and said her claims were ‘complete and utter … nonsense’.
In the later-deleted post on Facebook, Ms Price said the interview with FitzSimons started out well, but claimed he became ‘aggressive… condescending and rude’.
She said it ‘was like talking to a brick wall’ and that she felt ‘insulted’.
‘I’m not a wilting violet but he’s a very aggressive bloke, his interview style is very bloody aggressive, he doesn’t need to launch in,’ she said.
‘Accusing me of somehow giving power to racists because the issues I raise are confronting – he loses the point completely.
‘I said to him, “Get down from the bloody ivory tower and come out to one of my communities”.’
FitzSimons cares a lot about words and gestures when it comes to Indigenous Australians, unlike his new nemesis, the newly installed senator Jacinta Price (pictured). FitzSimons and Price have been engaged in a war of words of an interview between the pair
Country Liberal Party senator Jacinta Price has suggested Lisa Wilkinson and Peter FitzSimons (pictured) ‘might want to spend a few months out bush now that you have the time’, after Wilkinson left the Channel 10 show The Project
FitzSimons strongly refuted Senator Price’s claims. The interview was a ‘professional exchange’, he said.
‘Every single word recorded, as I told her,’ FitzSimons told The Australian’s Media Diary at the time.
He said the interview was conducted without a raised voice and that Senator Price approved the final story.
‘This is not remotely a matter of interpretation. Friendly interview, nice text exchange at its conclusion,’ he said.
Ms Price said she was shocked by FitzSimons’ stance on Indigenous issues.
‘I was really taken aback and I was exhausted by the energy it took having to defend myself,’ she said.
Lisa Wilkinson (left) is pictured with her husband Peter FitzSimons. The pair is involved in a war of words with Senator Jacinta Price
‘I was made to feel as though what I was trying to do is wrong and my voice is not as legitimate as those who purport to suffer from 250 years of colonisation.’
In the interview with FitzSimons, Price accused supporters of an Indigenous Voice to Parliament of buying into ‘racial stereotypes’.
She had previously used her maiden speech to parliament on July 27 to rail against the concept of the Voice and a proposed referendum to enshrine it in the constitution.
Ms Price told FitzSimons the broad bipartisan support for the Voice is a result of too many Australians ‘drinking the Kool-Aid’ and not listening to a silent majority of Aboriginals.
Instead of being a unifying voice to promote Indigenous issues, she claimed it would be just another layer of bureaucracy that would divide her people from white Australia and assume they would always be ‘victims’.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Ms Price, Wilkinson and FitzSimons seeking comment for this story.