Ex-Sunrise host Sam Armytage hints at TV return: 'Today show?'

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She stepped away from the world of breakfast TV just a few months ago but former Sunrise co-host Sam Armytage is already looking ahead to her small-screen comeback.

The 44-year-old got candid about her career plans during a chat with shock jock Kyle Sandilands on her new podcast Something To Talk About.

Richard Lavender and Samantha Armytage pose during The Championships Day 2: Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day at Royal Randwick Racecourse on April 17, 2021 in Sydney, Australia
Sam and Richard stepped out for a horse racing event at Royal Randwick Racecourse in April 2021. Photo: Getty Images.

Sam talks TV return: 'Next year'

When quizzed by KIIS FM star Kyle about her post-Sunrise life on her husband's farm, Sam clarified that she's only 'semi-retired' and will return to the spotlight at some point.

"But I'll go again, I'm just having a break," she said.   

As for when she'll return, Sam kept it vague, saying, "one of these days".

Kyle, 50, then speculated that Sam might pop up on Sunrise's direct rival when she does step back into the public eye.

"You will, I know you'll be back on TV," he said. "What are you going to do? Today show?" he quipped as Sam laughed.

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Again, Sam clarified that she has "no desire" to leave her rural life with Richard Lavender in the Southern Highlands behind at the moment.

"I'm going to have a good break and, I don't know, one of these days, next year," she revealed.

Kyle suggested Sam take on a midday TV hosting role, which, after eight years of early starts for Sunrise, didn't seem too bad.

"It would be nice to do something where you don't have to wake up at three o'clock in the morning," she replied.

Former Sunrise co-host Sam Armytage sitting next to her husband Richard Lavender in a car
Former Sunrise host Sam has given fans a look inside her new rural life with husband Richard Lavender. Photo: Instagram/sam_armytage.

Real reason for exit

In part one of her chat with Kyle that was released earlier in June, Sam finally revealed why she made the shock decision to leave Sunrise earlier this year.

While it was widely believed that the former breakfast TV host left to settle down with her new husband Richard Lavender, Sam has now made a completely different claim.

"There were many, many reasons," she explained. "But one of the reasons was that I thought the fun wasn't there anymore."

Sam claimed she was the "lightning rod for the show at that point" and anything she said "was analysed and I was getting belted to death" in the media.

"You just think, 'Is life worth this?'," she added.

Sam shocked fans with her tearful announcement that she was quitting the show live on-air back in March, saying that "the time has come for the sun to set on my time at Sunrise"

Longtime Channel 7 star Natalie Barr stepped in as co-host alongside David 'Kochie' Koch.

In a statement shared at the time of Sam's exit, network CEO James Warburton said they were looking forward to "announcing some exciting new projects for her in late 2021 and into 2022".

Whispers have already started about her next move once her contract with Channel 7 does come to an end, with New Idea reporting Channel Ten is hoping to "entice" Sam to host a new morning show, which would either replace Studio 10 or be a revamped version of it.

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