It’s a scenario being given fuel by Sportsbet, with the agency announcing it ‘believes Lisa Wilkinson is odds on to leave amid rumours of a feud with other cast members’.
The bookmaker has priced Lisa as $1.85 to leave the show this year, while Waleed Aly is $3.00 to depart, and Carrie Bickmore and Peter Helliar are at $4.00 to leave.
‘We find it hard to believe anyone could be feuding with Waleed or Carrie, but rumours gather momentum. Apparently all is not well with Lisa and her co-hosts and we’re tipping she’ll go sooner rather than later,’ said Sportsbet’s Rich Hummerston.
The buzz appears to have its origins in a report that Lisa stormed out of The Project’s 10th anniversary celebrations after a throwaway comment from Peter Helliar.
The Australian reported that the comedian singled out Lisa as an outsider amongst his fellow co-hosts, Carrie Bickmore and Waleed Aly, when he said, 'We love having you on our show.'
The report went on to say that Lisa had ‘shuffled offset’ after just 30 minutes of the hour and a half broadcast.
‘Diary hears she was not sighted again, either during the 90-minute-plus extravaganza or the after-party,’ said the publication.