Today: Lisa Wilkinson was ‘shocked’ to hear about Karl Stefanovic’s divorce

Lisa Wilkinson reveals the ‘shocking’ way she taught her. Today, co-host Karl Stefanovic divorced his wife Cassandra Thorburn in 2016

  • Karl Stefanovic left Cassandra Thorburn in 2016 after 21 years of marriage
  • He did not tell his Today co-host Lisa Wilkinson that he had moved out of the family home
  • Wilkinson instead heard the news from Thorburn, who told her via text message
  • She says in her book that she ‘gasped’ when she discovered that their marriage was over
  • Thorburn wanted her to know because she ‘did not want me to mention anything in the air about those who could make things uncomfortable’










Lisa Wilkinson has talked about her former Today co-host Karl Stefanovic’s separation from her ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn in her new book, It Wasn’t Meant to Be Like This.

In an excerpt from the autobiography, the 61-year-old admitted she was ‘shocked’ when Thorburn – a former producer on the Today show – texted her that Stefanovic had moved out of the family home in 2016.

‘They had just bought a property by the water a month or two before and he had just signed a massive deal with the network. I thought everything was great, ‘Wilkinson wrote.

Candidate: Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) has admitted she was 'shocked' to learn that her Today show host Karl Stefanovic was divorced from her ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn in 2016

Candidate: Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) has admitted she was ‘shocked’ to learn that her Today show host Karl Stefanovic was divorced from her ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn in 2016

Wilkinson said she ‘gasped’ when she received the text message from Thorburn telling her the couple had separated after 21 years of marriage.

“Cass would tell me that Karl had moved out a few weeks before,” she wrote.

“She was worried he had not yet told me that, and she did not want me to mention anything in the air about those who could make things uncomfortable.”

Shock: In an excerpt from her new autobiography, the 61-year-old admitted that she 'gasped' when Thorburn (right) - a former producer on the Today show - texted her that she was informing her that Stefanovic (left) had moved from the family home in 2016. Pictured in April 2012

Shock: In an excerpt from her new autobiography, the 61-year-old admitted that she ‘gasped’ when Thorburn (right) – a former producer on the Today show – texted her that she was informing her that Stefanovic (left) had moved from the family home in 2016. Pictured in April 2012

Stefanovic and Thorburn, who share three children, Jackson, 20, Ava, 15, and River, 13, divorced in 2016 and divorced a year later.

The former journalist is rumored to have walked away with about $ 6 million in assets and cash.

Stefanovic is now married to shoe designer Jasmine Yarbrough, whom he married in Mexico in December 2018, and the couple share a one-year-old daughter, Harper.

Warning: 'Cass would tell me that Karl had moved out a few weeks before,' Wilkinson said.  'She was worried he had not yet told me that, and she did not want me to mention anything in the air about those who could make things unpleasant'.  Stefanovic and Thorburn seen here in 2011

Warning: ‘Cass would tell me Karl had moved out a few weeks before,’ Wilkinson said. “She was worried he had not yet told me that, and she did not want me to mention anything in the air about those who could make things uncomfortable.” Stefanovic and Thorburn seen here in 2011

Wilkinson’s book also includes a chapter dedicated to her firing from Channel Nine and quarrels with former co-anchor Stefanovic over a wage dispute.

She was fired from the Today show in October 2017 after a reported issue of gender pay gaps.

Nine Network was reportedly ‘unable to live up to her expectations’ after she demanded equal pay with Stefanovic.

In January of the following year, Wilkinson joined Channel 10’s The Project for a rumor of a multimillion-dollar paycheck.

Going forward: Stefanovic is now married to shoe designer Jasmine Yarbrough (right), whom he married in Mexico in December 2018, and the couple share a one-year-old daughter, Harper

Going forward: Stefanovic is now married to shoe designer Jasmine Yarbrough (right), whom he married in Mexico in December 2018, and the couple share a one-year-old daughter, Harper

Book: Lisa's book also contains a chapter dedicated to her firing from Channel Nine and finally a quarrel with the former co-star Karl over a wage dispute

Book: Lisa’s book also contains a chapter dedicated to her firing from Channel Nine and finally a quarrel with the former co-star Karl over a wage dispute

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