EXCLUSIVE | Nat Barr set to replace Sam Armytage after shock departure from Sunrise


Big changes are coming to Australia’s #1 breakfast show with Sam Armytage announcing she is leaving morning TV

Natalie Barr will be the new host of Sunrise

While rumours were circulating over the weekend saying Sam Armytage was being let go, Sam has announced she is leaving Sunrise on Thursday… but sources confirm to TV Blackbox it was Sam’s decision.

Sam’s last day will be Thursday.

Trusted sources tell TV Blackbox Sam is set to be replaced by Natalie Barr who will be celebrating 20 years with the program in 2023. Nat has always been a viewer favourite who has filled in for both Mel Doyle and Sam over the years.

Samantha Armytage said:

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

Sunrise co-host, David Koch, said:

“Ever since Sam joined Sunrise eight years ago, she has been the rock of the program and always led from the front.

“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.”

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.”

Sam will be on a retainer with the network, meaning she won’t be able to defect to a rival network. She will be looking for roles in prime time shows when she is ready to come back, say our sources.

Robert McKnight
"Leading TV commentator" - The Daily Telegraph | "Known for his impeccable sources in the TV industry" - The Daily Mail | "Always first with the correct info" - Beau Ryan | Robert McKnight is a highly regarded Australian Television Producer having worked at SEVEN, NINE and TEN during his 25 years in the industry. Publicly he is most well-known for creating and producing STUDIO 10 but has worked on SUNRISE, THE MORNING SHOW plus other prime time productions in addition to creating award-winning news campaigns for both 7NEWS and 9NEWS. Currently, Rob is the host and producer of the TV BLACKBOX, MCKNIGHT TONIGHT and MONSTERS WHO MURDER podcasts plus host & executive producer of the video streaming show THE ANJ, ROB & ROBBO SHOW.



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