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Lisa Wilkinson slams feud rumours with Carrie Bickmore and we're cheering

Lisa has nothing but love for her new colleague.

By Bella Brennan
She's due to make her hotly-anticipated debut on The Project this Sunday, January 28th.
But Lisa Wilkinson is already having to address ridiculous reports she's "at war" with her co-host Carrie Bickmore off the back of claims long-standing Project star Carrie is "p---ed off" Lisa is reportedly being paid four times her salary.
Speaking to news.com.au Lisa slammed their supposed beef as "complete fiction."
"I couldn't believe [there were rumours] because this is complete fiction. Carrie can't believe it, I can't believe it," she explained.
"We refuse to engage in it, because it would only give it credibility and there is no truth to it. Carrie and I have been mates for years."
"We have a lot of close friends in common as well and for all of us it's really disappointing that for some reason there's a belief... that two strong women can't work together and support each other and enjoy working together," The Weekly cover star insisted.
Last October Sydney Confidential claimed Carrie, who has been on the show for eight years, had negotiated a $500, 000 package while Lisa had landed an alleged $2.3 million contract - making her the highest-paid person on television.
"We refuse to engage in it, because it would only give it credibility and there is no truth to it."
For Carrie's part, the mother-of-two says she's elated to have Lisa join her at the desk.
"Nine's loss is our gain here at Network Ten. An incredible woman — smart, funny, down to earth. We couldn't be more excited," the 37-year-old gushed.
Lisa also revealed she can't wait to "feel normal" again with her new work schedule meaning an end to the 3am alarm clock the Today show demanded.
"I can't say I'm sorry to have left the 3am alarm clock behind. Would you rather meet with your first producer for the day at 4am or at 1pm?"
WATCH: Carrie Bickmore makes the most of the summer holiday before returning to The Project. Post continues...
Carrie Bickmore and Lisa Wilkinson have been good friends for years.
Lisa announced her shock departure from Today last October after falling out with the Nine network over pay parity.
It didn't take long for Channel 10 to snap her up and just hours after her exit from Today, she confirmed her new role on The Project. She will host The Sunday Project in Sydney and spend Thursdays and Fridays in Melbourne.
"As a city I just think it's so vibrant and I love cities where you actually experience four seasons," Lisa said of Melbourne.
Bring on Sunday!

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