Menu
Entertainment

The Project: ‘Lisa’s pay is humiliating you’

WHEN Peter FitzSimons appeared on The Project to promote his new book, it was only a matter of moments before he was asked about his wife Lisa Wilkinson's spectacular exit from Channel Nine.

Of course, FitzSimons should have expected it. Publicity rounds for his new book, Burke and Wills, coincidentally began the very week his wife defected from Nine's Today program and signed on with Channel Ten as a host on The Project.

Since Monday's exit, Wilkinson has dominated the news cycle. So when FitzSimons appeared on Sunday's edition of The Project - the very program Wilkinson will begin co-hosting in January - viewers waited for the question to be asked.

After FitzSimons regaled the panel with anecdotes from his new book, co-host Sophie Monk innocently brought up Wilkinson, asking if the family is OK.

"Everything is fine. It's been an amazing week, but a weird thing when you're in your footy shorts and T-shirt and you're taking the rubbish out and (there's paparazzi)," FitzSimons said, giving the panel a prepared answer.

He thought that was it. But just before the interview wrapped, host Chris Bath threw out a question no one saw coming.

"Pete, just one final question," she said, seriously. "I just gotta ask: Is there pay parity in your household?"

The panel broke out into laughter and the studio audience cheered.

Peter FitzSimons is asked about wife Lisa Wilkinson on The Project.
Peter FitzSimons is asked about wife Lisa Wilkinson on The Project.

FitzSimons laughed as he waited for the crowd to settle.

"I'll say this: A few people have sneered unpleasantly, (saying things) along the lines of, 'Nah, nah! Your wife's humiliating you by earning more!'"

FitzSimons said he only has one message for his wife when it comes to her earnings.

"Oh please! Humiliate me! Spank me!" he laughed.

Lisa Wilkinson and Peter Fitzsimons renew their wedding vows in October.
Lisa Wilkinson and Peter Fitzsimons renew their wedding vows in October.

Earlier in the week, FitzSimons appeared on Nova's Fitzy & Wippa where he also struggled to avoid being asked about his wife's shock departure from Nine.

"We're obviously in a media environment where anything I say can and will be used against me ... I'm very proud of Lisa but I'll let her speak for herself," he told the radio hosts, adding: "It's obviously been a very intense couple of days and it's nice to have her back."

Despite his caginess, FitzSimons admitted their home life had significantly improved since the news broke.

"We had dinner with the kids last night, and I'd forgotten the pleasure of being with your partner when one of you doesn't have to get up at 3am," he said.

"We were talking until midnight and it was just fantastic."

‘Please, humiliate me!’ FitzSimons responds to negative comments about his wife’s pay rise.
‘Please, humiliate me!’ FitzSimons responds to negative comments about his wife’s pay rise.

Topics:  editors picks lisa wilkinson pay parity peter fitzsimons the project



Another Pacific Hwy stage officially opened

A section of the new bridge that crosses the Wilson River as part of the Oxley Hwy to Kundabung section of the Pacific Hwy upgrade.

Another link between Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie opened.

New carols event to ring out over Grafton

The Clarence River Dance Academy dance Let it Snow at their annual concert. They will perform at this year's Grafton Carols By Candlelight.

Alumy Creek venue for Carols by Candlelight

Neuville claims Rally Australia victory

Thierry Neuville led the WRC section of the 2017 Kennards Hire Rally and he safely navigated the final day to claim the overall victory.

Belgian records his first Kennards Hire Australia victory.

Local Partners

Seinfeld’s most infamous episode

25 years on, it still has the power to shock. Here’s how Seinfeld got away with its most outrageous storyline ever.

Is Jamie Oliver done and dusted?

At 42 and after 18 years on TV Jamie Oliver says his priorities have changed. Picture: Supplied.

Is Jamie Oliver about to walk away from it all?

Partridge Family's David Cassidy in critical condition

David Cassidy

David Cassidy is in a critical condition

Inside Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian’s wedding

Williams has shared a photo of her in her wedding gown. Picture: Instagram/@serenawilliams

Serena Williams' stunning wedding dress

What's on the small screen this week

Sigourney Weaver guest stars as Beth Traywick in season eight of Doc Martin.

SIGOURNEY Weaver returns in the Doc Martin season final.

Ryan Seacrest the latest in Hollywood sex-assault claims

Seacrest is the latest man in Hollywood to be accused of misconduct

John Jarratt denies assault claims

Aussie ‘Wolf Creek’ actor John Jarratt has responded to sexual assault accusations. Picture: Supplied.

Wolf Creek actor John Jarratt has responded to assault claims