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"I want to step out of this public world." Samantha Armytage has quit Sunrise.

Samantha Armytage has announced her departure from Sunrise after eight years.

Armytage shared the news on Monday March 8, saying, "the time has come for the sun to set" on her time at the Seven Network's morning show.

"I have some big news to announce," Armytage said live on air. 

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

Watch: Sam Armytage announces she is leaving Sunrise. Post continues below video.


Video via Seven.

Armytage cried as she shared the news. She said the death of her mother in November 2020 and her recent wedding to husband Richard Lavender contributed to her choice to leave.

"As many of you know, my personal life the last six months has 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, take some time and calm things down. Enjoy a bit of slow living and spend some time with my precious family and husband and Banjo."

Image: @sam_armytage by @abbie_melle

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"I go out of this job at a time of my own choosing and on top of the ratings, which not many people in television can say they do.

"I'm extremely proud of my almost eight years at the helm of Sunrise. My seven years before that at Weekend Sunrise and my almost 18 years with the Seven Network."

Image: Seven.

Armytage shared some advice from her mother, which helped her make her decision: "My mother used to say to me, 'edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It's your masterpiece after all.' And that's precisely what I'm doing."

She thanked viewers for allowing her into their lounge rooms each morning, but said now it was time for her to spend some time on her own.

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"It's been a big six months," she said. "It's time."

Co-host David Koch said Armytage needed to put herself first.

"We're going to miss you so much," he said. "It's not going to be the same. 

"Eight years, boy are we going to relive those eight years."

Kochie told Seven Armytage was the 'rock' of the show.

"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."

Armytage's final show will be on Thursday.

She will remain with the network after taking a break, with new projects to be announced in the future, Seven confirmed.

Sources have told industry publication TV Blackbox Natalie Barr is likely to replace Armytage.

Feature image: Seven.

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