Lisa Wilkinson is accused of ‘playing the victim’ in speech announcing she’d quit The Project

Is this the REAL reason why Lisa Wilkinson resigned? The Project host is brutally called out by rival TV host: ‘She’s trying to blame others for her errors’

  • Wilkinson announced on Sunday night she’d be stepping down from The Project
  • She said she’d been targeted by the media over the last six months
  • The Australian’s media writer Sophie Elsworth accused her of playing the victim
  • She said the attacks by the media were due to Wilkinson’s ‘own doing’ 

Lisa Wilkinson has been blasted over the speech she gave while quitting The Project, with one media commentator accusing her of playing the victim.

The presenter told viewers on Sunday night she was stepping down from the show and needed to reprioritise her life after a tumultuous six months.

‘The last six months have not been easy, and the relentless targeted toxicity by some sections of the media has taken a toll, not just on me but on the people I love,’ she said. 

But The Australian’s media writer, Sophie Elsworth, said most of the attacks from the media was due to ‘her own doing’, referencing how Wilkinson delayed the trial of Brittany Higgins’ alleged rapist Bruce Lehrmann.

‘Lisa Wilkinson in typical fashion made it all about her and here plays the victim,’ Ms Elsworth told Sky News’ Chris Kenny on Monday night.

Lisa Wilkinson announced on Sunday night she would be leaving Channel 10's The Project

Lisa Wilkinson announced on Sunday night she would be leaving Channel 10’s The Project

‘She made headlines back in June for that speech we know she gave at the Logies that was problematic, so that’s why she predominantly made a lot of headlines.

‘But she took last night’s exit from The Project to slam the media on the way out.’

Kenny said Wilkinson’s leaving message was ‘bizarre’, and said she appeared to be ‘blaming other media for her errors’.

‘She’s very good at playing the victim, and she did this very well last night,’ Ms Elsworth added.

‘All her fans say how shocking the media has treated her, but I must say a lot of it has been caused by her own doing.’

Last year, OzTAM ratings revealed Channel 10's flagship current affairs program had lost almost a third of its audience since 2011. Pictured (L-R): Tommy little, Peter Helliar, Hamish Macdonald, Carrie Bickmore, Waleed Aly, Lisa Wilkinson and Gorgi Coghlan

Last year, OzTAM ratings revealed Channel 10’s flagship current affairs program had lost almost a third of its audience since 2011. Pictured (L-R): Tommy little, Peter Helliar, Hamish Macdonald, Carrie Bickmore, Waleed Aly, Lisa Wilkinson and Gorgi Coghlan

The Australian's media writer, Sophie Elsworth, accused Wilkinson of 'playing the victim' in her leaving speech

The Australian’s media writer, Sophie Elsworth, accused Wilkinson of ‘playing the victim’ in her leaving speech

Wilkinson, who has been a familiar face on Australian screens for more than 20 years, told the audience on Sunday night that she had some ‘exciting work ideas ahead’ but needed some time to regroup. 

She promised other high-profile female journalists – Leigh Sales, Tracey Grimshaw and Carrie Bickmore – who had recently stepped down from presenting roles a margarita on her as she announced she would be departing The Project.

‘I have decided it’s time to reprioritise a few things in my life,’ Wilkinson began saying alongside co-hosts Hamish Macdonald and The Bachelor’s Laura Byrne.

‘And after almost 15 years of the early alarm of breakfast TV, and now another five years here at The Project desk, I’m looking at how I want the coming years to play out both professionally and personally.

Wilkinson won a Logie for Outstanding News Coverage for an interview with Brittany Higgins

 Wilkinson won a Logie for Outstanding News Coverage for an interview with Brittany Higgins

‘So, from tonight, I am stepping back from hosting the show.’

The host added she ‘wasn’t above criticism’, and sometimes made mistakes.

‘I’m human, and I don’t always get it right, none of us do, but by god I’ve tried,’ she said.

‘I’ve given this job everything I have, and I hope you, at home, know that. 

‘I hope I’ve brought you stories that matter and introduced you to people whose lives and experiences might have otherwise never been told, and helped bring into focus issues that deserve our collective attention.

‘So to everyone who has been so incredibly supportive and reached out, particularly in recent months, thank you. You’ll never know how much it has meant to me.’

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