Lisa Wilkinson: 'I'm Sorry Karl, Those Weren't My Words!'
The latest victim of Chris and Julia's 'Sunday Night Takeaway' pranks, Lisa Wilkinson was put to the test.
"Basically I couldn't believe how much Chris and Julia disliked me," Lisa laughed speaking to 10 daily.
The Sunday Project host joins a select group of celebs who have put their lives in the hands of Dr Chris Brown and Lady Julia Morris, agreeing to say and do every embarrassing thing they're told via an earpiece.
"It was one of those things that I will chalk up to saying yes to against my better judgement," Lisa said, "and if you're going to say yes, you have to give yourself over to the experience."
"I was saying and doing things that in a million years I would never do or say."
Lisa was tasked with recruiting a dog walker, but with Chris and Julia in her ear, it was never going to be as straightforward as that.
Having to say and do the most ridiculous things in front of these strangers, Lisa told us she struggled not to break and burst out laughing. "I had to mentally go somewhere else completely, I didn't want to ruin it."
"There were a couple of times I had to take a deep breath before I said what I said," Lisa continued, "Poor Karl Stefanovic got dragged into it! I'm sorry Karl! They weren't my words!"
Having seen Grant Denyer have to go through a similar exercise hiring bodyguards, Lisa said she knew she had to go into the experience ready to commit 100 per cent, or not say yes at all.
"I think the frustrated actress in me that, fortunately, I laid to rest in third class when I played Maria in the Sound of Music was awakened," she said.
Thankfully, despite drinking out of a dog bowl and taking a nap in a dog bed while one of the dog walkers read her a bedtime story, there was a light at the end of the torture tunnel.
"I was just living for the moment the reveal would happen, a couple of the dog walkers had looks in their eyes like, 'Oh my god I cannot wait to tell people what a weirdo Lisa Wilkinson is,' and I would have backed them up!"
Lisa said she felt sorry for the poor people who thought they might be just interviewing for a dog walking position, "I love anyone who loves animals and they're always beautiful, gentle people -- that's exactly who they were so the fact that I was pranking them I felt even worse!"
"They were going along being really polite and understanding and just being gorgeous and there I was, being a complete weirdo dickhead."
Unfortunately, Lisa isn't able to "go hide in a hole" like she had hoped when the prank airs, as she'll be appearing on the show straight after the Sunday Project, ready to be "hopelessly humiliated on national television" -- as she so perfectly put it.
We can't wait to see how things turn out!