Yesterday, on the set of breakfast television show Sunrise, host David Koch overheard his colleague Sam Armytage telling members of the crew about her new shoes. A little uncomfortable about sporting a pair of heels not in keeping with her usual style, Sam, 36, reportedly made an offhand remark along the lines of “have you seen my new stripper heels?”
And the obvious next step was for Kochie, 57, to have a stripper pole brought on set so that he could present it to his colleague, while Joe Cocker’s famous stripping song You can leave your hat on played in the background.
He did this in front of rolling cameras. For a show that has four hundred thousand odd viewers a day.
Take a look:
Are you cool with that? Was Sam?
Sam proceeded to play along with it; wrapping her leg around the pole, giggling and looking embarrassed. Uncomfortable. But her reaction appeared to be one of genuine surprise – this little skit wasn’t cleared with her in advance, she hadn’t given the OK for it to go ahead.
“These shoes are the choice for pole dancers all over the country,” Sam said. To which Koch replied “Be careful because they’re quite reflective” as he peered down at his co-host’s bare legs.
The whole thing made my stomach turn just a little. Partly because the segment was incredibly low brow, totally unfunny humour. Partly because I wished Sam had stood up for herself and told her co-host where to go.
But mostly? Mostly, I was feeling uncomfortable because I know deep down, that if I’d been in Sam’s place, I probably would have played along too.