The Project’s Lisa Wilkinson shares candid photo before going on-air

She looked flawless on The Project last night, but a new photo reveals what Lisa Wilkinson looked like minutes before going on air.

As one of Australia’s finest TV presenters, Lisa Wilkinson always looks flawless on air.

But it was almost a very different story minutes before Thursday night The projectthe 62-year-old journalist sharing a candid photo showing she narrowly avoided a live TV hair disaster.

Speaking to Instagram, the former Today The co-host gave fans a glimpse of what she looked like just four minutes before the show, with her hairstyle best described as an extreme case of bed hair.

She wrote: “Minutes to air hair. Let’s do this!!”

A clock on the monitor showed the time at 6:26 p.m., just four minutes before Wilkinson appeared on television looking perfectly groomed.

Luckily, the hair department was able to quickly work their magic, and the mother-of-three soon appeared on air with her signature look.

It’s not the first time Wilkinson has taken viewers behind the scenes of live TV, with the host sharing a rare photo in her 2021 book, It wasn’t supposed to be like thisshowing what the early mornings often looked like on the set of the Today Pin up.

In the 2016 snap, Wilkinson could be seen without makeup and with rollers in her hair reading a script, while her former co-host Karl Stefanovic donned a hoodie.

She wrote, “What was 4:30 a.m. like for Karl and me.”

Elsewhere in Thursday’s episode, guest host Kate Langbroek caused a stir after revealing a rude confession live.

Langbroek, 56, revealed that she regularly shares a toothbrush with her husband, Peter Lewis, leaving the panel in shock.

“Peter and I regularly share the same toothbrush. We drifted into it,” Langbroek said.

“Now the whole family has a common cup in our bathroom. We have enough toothbrushes for everyone, but not the will to assign colors.

Wilkinson chimed in on the assumption that men don’t keep their mouths as clean as women.

“You have a lot of boys in your family. Boys don’t have the same dental hygiene, do you agree? asked Wilkinson.

“Look, I don’t know. It’s clean,” Langbroek replied. “I could tell you what else we do…obviously I’m on my own on that.”

Meanehile, Wilkinson this week made headlines for hitting on women’s magazines and celebrity gossip sites.

According to The AustralianWilkinson was addressing a 500-person networking breakfast in Melbourne earlier this week when she made the comments, calling the posts “the worst in human nature”.

Her scathing critique of the industry follows an online exchange with a news website about posting photos of Wilkinson eating alone, along with a detailed blow-by-blow.

She said: “Every time we pick up one of these magazines from a doctor’s waiting room and every time we click on that salacious link to a trashy gossip website, not believing the ridiculously loaded title of emotion but still clicking on the link, a click means you like it, so it only brings more.

“In these faces, the women only exist to be ogled, harassed, ridiculed, pitted against each other, ridiculed or despised. It’s designed to make us feel better if we’re having a bad day, but when we’re not, it makes us feel worse and it just brings out the worst in human nature.

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