There were emotional scenes at Sunrise this morning, as Samantha Armytage announced she would be leaving the popular Aussie breakfast show after eight years.
Armytage revealed the shock news to viewers alongside her co-host David Koch on Monday morning.
“The time has come for the sun to set on my time at Sunrise,” she said through tears.
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“I have always been brave and fearless in my career and this decision is no different.
“I want to take a break and find some peace and calm. I go out of this job at a time of my own choosing and on top of the ratings, which not many people on television can say they do.
“I cannot thank you all enough for having me in your lounge rooms all these years.”
Kochie said ever since Sam joined Sunrise, she has been the “rock” of the program.
“Sam’s humour, work ethic and team first values have been an inspiration to us all. But now it’s time for Sam to put herself and Rich first and we couldn’t be happier for, or more supportive of, them both,” he said.
While Network Director of News and Public Affairs, Craig McPherson, said Armytage had been “a breath of fresh air to wake up to for eight years”.
“Sam carved her way through thousands of hours of news, issues, debate, the odd argument or two and a large dose of humour in her very own unique way,” he said.
The 44-year-old will remain at the network, with new projects set to be announced at a later stage.
“Sam can be very proud of what she’s achieved, and we all look forward to her next venture across the screens of Seven,” Mr McPherson said.
Armystage will co-host her final show on Thursday, with her replacement likely to be announced in the coming days.
This morning, @sam_armytage announced her decision to step away from her role as co-host of Australia’s number one breakfast show, Sunrise. Read more: https://t.co/WQ5cyBVGDu pic.twitter.com/68swzp5Iwf
— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) March 8, 2021