Channel 10 star shocks with wild joke about David 'Kochie' Koch

Comedian Tim McDonald poked fun at the soon-to-be former Sunrise host.

The Cheap Seats star Tim McDonald left his co-host Melanie Bracewell stunned during Tuesday night’s episode when he made a shocking joke about departing Sunrise host David ‘Kochie’ Koch.

The Channel 10 comedians were reporting on the recent news that former Olympian and regular fill-in co-host Matt Shirvington, 44, will replace the 67-year-old as host of the breakfast show next week.

The Cheap Seats' Melanie Bracewell and Tim McDonald.
The Cheap Seats' Tim McDonald made a shocking joke about Sunrise star David ‘Kochie’ Koch. Photos: Channel 10/Channel Seven

Tim and Melanie, who are currently in their third year of hosting the comedy show, reacted to the on-air announcement where Matt spoke about why he’s so excited to take on the role.

“The thing I love the most is sitting on [the Sunrise] couch and going from complete elation and excitement and happiness with some of the stories that you hear about, to the heartbreak and the horror and the sadness and wiping a tear from your eye,” Matt said in the clip.


While Melanie was in stitches over Matt’s comments and made fun of him for saying his “favourite part is the horrors”, Tim took a brutal swipe at both Matt and his predecessor.

“Good luck to Shirvo, he’s replacing Kochie. That's a big coffin to fill,” he joked. “Well done. All the best.”

Melanie was clearly gobsmacked by the remark and tried her best to hold back her amusement as the audience erupted into laughter.

Sunrise's David Koch and Matt Shirvington.
Former Olympian Matt Shirvington will replace Kochie next week. Photo: Channel Seven

Why is Kochie leaving Sunrise?

Kochie explained in a statement from Channel Seven last week that he believes it’s time to shake up his routine after spending over two decades waking up in the early morning.

“I know I'm going to miss it enormously, but it's time for me to work business hours, and for (his wife) Libby and I to have a bit more flexibility to enjoy our burgeoning family, to travel and focus on our family business interests in Pinstripe Media and the Ausbiz business channel,” he shared.

“As everyone knows, I'm a finance nerd so you'll still see me pop up every so often on RBA board meeting days or covering other big financial news, but as a guest rather than host.

“Coming up to 20 consecutive years as Australia's most-watched breakfast show is a nice moment to exit stage left with an enormous sense of pride and gratitude. Thank you for the privilege.”

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