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Samantha Armytage is officially leaving Sunrise

"I've always been very brave and fearless in my life and my career and this decision is no different."
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Sunrise co-host Samantha Armytage has shocked fans with the news that she is quitting the popular breakfast show after eight years. 

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On Monday, the 44-year-old confirmed her shock exit live on air, saying: “The time has come for the sun to set on my time at Sunrise.

“I’ve always been very brave and fearless in my life and my career and this decision is no different,” she said.

“As many of you know the last six months of my personal life have been very bittersweet – some bits have been very happy and some bits have been very very sad and I want to step out of this public world for a while and take some time and calm things down. Enjoy a bit of slow living and spend some time with my precious family and my husband and Banjo.”

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“I’ve always been very brave and fearless in my life and my career and this decision is no different.” (Credit: Seven)

While the breakfast host’s Sunrise stint has come to an end, she will still be involved in the media industry with several projects in the works – some of which, will be with Seven. 

“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,” she added.

Sam’s co-host, David Koch then gave his colleague a shout out for being the “rock” of the program, before commending her “humour, work ethic and team first values”.

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Sam’s co-host, David Koch called Sam the “rock” of the program, before commending her “humour, work ethic and team first values”. (Credit: Seven)

“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,” David said.

Seven West Media Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, James Warburton, said: “Sam has been an important part of the Seven team for almost two decades, including eight fantastic years as co-host of Australia’s #1 breakfast show.

“We will be sad to see her leave Sunrise, but completely understand and support her decision to step back for a while and focus on her family.

“We wish Sam nothing but the very best for her break and look forward to announcing some exciting new projects for her in late 2021 and into 2022,” he said. 

Sam’s shock revelation comes after the host recently announced she will be launching her very own podcast in the coming weeks.

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Sam is spending some time with her family and husband, Richard Lavender. (Credit: WHO)

Taking to Instagram, Sam confirmed she has partnered with Stellar magazine to produce the podcast Something to Talk About with Samantha Armytage.

“BIG NEWS: I’m starting a podcast. With @stellarmag,” Sam captioned a promo for the podcast.

She continued: “A little weekly chat – similar to my columns. First one drops this Sunday.. pls tune in x #sttawsa #stellarmag more deets to come.”

Enthusiastic fans were quick to congratulate the Sunrise host, with one person writing: “How fabulous Sam, will tune in whilst creating my days away.”

Another person stated: “Love your columns Sam, looking forward to hearing this one air.”

This article was originally published on our sister site, New Idea.

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