Samantha Armytage quits as Sunrise host

Mariam Cheik-Hussein
By Mariam Cheik-Hussein | 8 March 2021
Samantha Armytage on this morning's Sunrise

Samantha Armytage is stepping down from her role as co-host of Seven’s Sunrise after eight years.

Armytage announced her decision to leave on today’s episode of the morning show, saying she wanted to “calm things down”.

Before stepping in as co-host in 2013, replacing Melissa Doyle, Armytage worked on Weekend Sunrise for seven years and has spent more than 17 years at Seven in total.

“The time has come for the sun to set on my time at Sunrise,” Armytage says.

“I have always been very brave and fearless in my life and my career and this decision is no different.”

Armytage says she will take some time out to decide on her next chapter.

“As many of you know, the last six months of my personal life have been very bitter-sweet, 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, my husband and Banjo.

“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.”

Armytage thanked Seven chairman Kerry Stokes, Sunrise EP Michael Pell, and the wider Seven production team.

“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,” says Seven West Media CEO James Warburton.

“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.”

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