What does Lisa Wilkinson have to do to get recognised for her television work?


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After almost 20 years gracing Australian television screens, 10 of those fronting Channel Nine’s Today, Lisa Wilkinson has yet to be nominated for a Gold Logie.

Her omission has been labelled a “travesty” and a campaign was launched on her behalf. But it seems her exclusion from Australia’s top television honours list has not had an effect on the stalwart breakfast television host.

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“I cannot in a million years ever imagine being nominated [for a Gold Logie],” she told Fairfax Media at the event, after more than an hour helming Nine’s demanding live red carpet show.

When asked how she felt about being left out again this year, she said: “I feel great. I feel thrilled just to be invited to the Logies.”

It’s unsure what Wilkinson will have to do differently to be in line for a nod next year.

It’s a notoriously male-dominated field. This year, just one woman made the list, Jessica Marais of The Wrong Girl and Love Child fame. The award went to Molly’s Samuel Johnson, who has since retired from acting to focus on his cancer charity fundraising efforts.

Grant Denyer was also nominated although less than four years earlier it looked as if his television career might be over. In 2013, he left Seven after almost 10 years following  “erratic” behaviour.

In 2014, Woman’s Day reported that he and his wife were treated in a Thai rehab for six weeks over the Christmas and New Year period for a $200,000-a-year meth addiction. They both deny the claims and promised to sue. They never have.

Denyer now fronts Ten’s quiz show, Family Feud.

Wilkinson’s co-host Karl Stefanovic has also found himself in hot water over the years – an insensitive transgender slur and turning up to host the post-Logies Today show while drunk – but he nabbed the top honour in 2011.

If the notion is to be believed that a network’s promotion of its personalities plays some part in boosting a profile to catapult them into contention for the Gold, here’s what Nine has managed in recent years for some of its (male) stars (in addition to Stefanovic’s still-surprising win): Scott Cam (The Block) won in 2014 and was nominated 2015 and 2016.

Hamish Blake took home the Gold in 2012 on the basis of just 10 episodes of Hamish and Andy’s Gap Year. He was nominated again in 2013 and 2015, as was his screen partner, Andy Lee, in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

While Wilkinson’s omission left many scratching their heads, she gets on with it. When asked if she was out for a wild night at the notoriously booze-filled and fancy free after-parties, she said: “Of course I’m going wild tonight.

“I’m a mother of three over the age of 50, how often do you reckon I get the chance to dance all night long? That is exactly what I’ll be doing tonight,” she said. 

“There’s no point in going to sleep. If I go to sleep and I get two hours and I will wake up and think, ‘Damn it, I haven’t had enough sleep.’

“If I keep punching through, the second wind will come and I’ll have a huge smile on my face from dancing with James Blunt hopefully, because he is coming to the Channel Nine after-party.”

But there was never any risk of her appearing on-air drunk like Stefanovic did in 2009.

“I’m not much of a drinker, so I can do it,” she said.

When asked if she and her co-host were told to be on their best behaviour by Nine bosses, she laughed: “No, I’m not the one that needs to be told that. You got the wrong person, girlfriend.”

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