Who is in line for Sam Armytage's job?
Channel 7 have said they will not be announcing Sam Armytage’s replacement anytime soon.
With Thursday set to be the Sunrise star’s last day, a representative told news.com.au this week is about bidding adieu.
The co-host tearfully announced she would be leaving the breakfast morning show on Monday, and media reports were quick to speculate on who will be her replacement.
A Channel 7 spokesperson said however: “An announcement will be made soon.
“This week is all about farewelling Sam and celebrating her best on-air moments over the past eight years.”
Natalie Barr will host Sunrise on Friday (as she usually does) alongside David ‘Kochie’ Koch (who is usually replaced by Matt Doran on Fridays).
Barr is the the most likely contender for the new Sunrise seat after being apart of the program for more than 15 years.
“Natalie Barr is much-loved by the Sunrise audience and logic would suggest she naturally inherits the role,” David Knox, editor of TV Tonight told news.com.au.
“This would bring as little disruption as possible which is a big consideration, but none of this should detract from her steady hand and commitment.
“She’s shown how well she can work with Kochie and at this point in his career, you would gravitate to anybody who is going to keep him in there longer.
“In my mind the audience and Kochie are the two prevailing factors,” Mr Knox said.
He said Barr may opt to not take a full time position though.
“Nat knows that breakfast TV puts you in the crosshairs of click-bait and social media, particularly having seen some of the headlines Sam has attracted over the past 12 months, which she’s largely managed to avoid as news anchor,” he said.
A senior Seven executive told the Sydney Morning Herald: “We have a very strong stable of female talent on Sunrise so it would make sense to promote internally.”
These “internal” stars could include Weekend Sunrise co-host Monique Wright, Sunrise entertainment presenter Edwina Bartholomew and journalist Angela Cox.
Sonia Kruger is also speculated to be joining Sunrise but that’s unlikely considering she is already the host of Holey Moley, Big Brother and The Voice.
However she told news.com.au in January she probably wouldn’t take a position if offered.
“You know what? No.
“I mean, look, you never say never, but the thing is I think I live better in the night time.”
Kruger continued: “There’s a school of thought in the States and there’s a couple of books that have been written about this: People who work in the morning generally don’t work at night and vice versa. I don’t know why that is. I think the audience just gets used to seeing you in their living rooms in the morning or they get used to seeing you in their living rooms in the night time.
“I just think that my place in people’s lounge rooms is probably after 8pm,” she told news.com.au.
Sarah Harris was also thought to be filling in Armytage’s spot, however a Ten spokesperson also put those rumours to rest: “We can understand why Sunrise might want to snap her up. But rest assured, she’s not going anywhere.”
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