Lisa Wilkinson opens up on 'rivalry' with Melissa Doyle

Kristine Tarbert
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Lisa Wilkinson and Melissa Doyle enjoy 'date night'. Photo: Instagram/lisawilkinson

The Project host Lisa Wilkinson has opened about her former breakfast TV ‘rival’ Melissa Doyle in a gushing post on Instagram, reminiscing about the pair’s combined 25 years of early starts.

“Between us, Melissa Doyle and I did more than 25 years of breakfast TV. For both of us it was an incredible privilege, but gee that’s a lot of 3AM alarms,” Lisa wrote, sharing an image of her and Melissa enjoying Sydney’s Open Air Cinema this week.

She goes on to muse about the fact the pair were constantly pitted against each other as rivals, when Mel was at the helm of Channel Seven’s Sunrise and Lisa fronted Channel Nine’s Today show alongside Karl Stefanovic, claiming nothing could have been “further from the truth”.

“Everyone liked to paint us as rivals, but as former colleagues at Sunrise back in the day, nothing could be further from the truth,” Lisa continued.

“And the truth is, I learnt so much from Mel, and my respect for her when we were on opposing shows only grew.”

Lisa Wilkinson now fronts The Project. Photo: Instagram/lisawilkinson

Melissa Doyle farewells Sunday Night

Melissa Doyle bid farewell to Channel Seven’s Sunday Night back in November.

The 49-year-old took to her Instagram account to post a picture of herself standing in front of the Sunday Night logo, after it was announced the network was ditching the show from their lineup after it was plagued by rumours of unrest. 

“From my first night on @sundaynighton7 to tonight, my last,” Melissa started the post. 

“‪But before we all begin new chapters, we’ll go out with a smile as we reflect on 11 years of great stories, from great crews & some of the most remarkable people who trusted us with them. ‬

“To each and every person ever involved in any way with @SundayNightOn7 we say thank you.”

Sunday Night axed after 11 years

“After 11 years at the forefront of our Public Affairs offering it is with much sadness I announce the closing down of the day to day operations of Sunday Night: True Stories,” Craig McPherson, Seven Network’s Director of News and Public Affairs said in a statement to Yahoo Lifestyle.

“It has been a very tough decision in a very challenging TV landscape.”

The program officially finished up at the end of 2019.

The decision to axe the show comes on the back of reports Seven’s new CEO, James Warburton, is looking at overhauling the network, with an eye to dramatically reduce costs.

TV Tonight claims Sunday Night is a victim of the cost-cutting measures by the network.

The show was hosted by Melissa Doyle for four years after the previous host, Chris Bath, stepped away from the network in 2015.

Before that, Mel spent 14 years on the Sunrise couch, 11 of them alongside David Koch.

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