MAFS' Martha makes 'sassy' call to Sunrise host Kochie over public spat

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Celebrity Apprentice star Martha Kalifatidis has reignited a long-standing 'tit for tat' with Sunrise host David Koch, leaving him a 'sassy' voicemail over a much-disputed red carpet incident.

During an appearance on the Kyle and Jackie O show on Monday morning, the former Married at First Sight contestant turned influencer once again hit out at Kochie - who claimed she had elbowed him on the Logies red carpet in 2019 - telling him to "clean up on air".

Martha Kalifatidis
Martha Kalifatidis has hit out at Kochie again over a Logies red carpet incident. Photo: Instagram/Marthaa__k

The reality star was challenged by the KIIS FM hosts to call five different celebrities on her phone. If all five answered, she would win $2000 for her favourite charity, Bully Zero.

One of those calls went to Kochie, who was on air on Channel 7 at the time so it went to his voicemail.

So she left him a message: "Hey buddy, it’s Martha Kalifatidis calling you here from Kyle and Jackie O. Just wanted to call you up, we are working with Bully Zero, an amazing charity. We thought this would be a great opportunity for you to clean up on air that I never elbowed you on the red carpet and you clearly did that for clickbait and for some attention, which you got."

After Martha hung up, Jackie O exclaimed:" It was a sassy message!"

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Kochie's Martha claim: 'I've still got bruises'

For anyone who may have missed the beginnings of said feud, the morning after the Logies in 2019, the breakfast TV hosts sunk their teeth into Martha, accusing her of elbowing Kochie out of the way on the red carpet.

“I’ve still got bruises in the ribs from the Married At First Sight woman who elbowed me on the way through on the red carpet,” Kochie revealed.

Sports presenter Mark Beretta then joked, “Do not get between Martha and the camera!” while Sam said, “Especially when you’ve only got 15 minutes of fame!”

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Sunrise host Kochie claimed the MAFS star had elbowed him on the red carpet. Photo: Channel 7

Martha hits back

But Martha did not appreciate being the butt of their jokes, and took to Instagram and YouTube to accuse Sam and Kochie of “ridiculing and bullying me on national television.”

“Sam continued to make fun of me, a women in the industry that I’m meant to look up to. Sam, you have single handedly incited online hate towards me,” Martha said.

“Just when I had built myself back up after the tumultuous time on MAFS, you brought it all crashing down.

"Kochie, you are a father, yet you felt it necessary to shame me on TV. You felt it was OK to criticise me, call me short and turn what may have been accidental bump on the arm into something scandalous. You’re the bullies!”

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Martha on Celebrity Apprentice

Martha has clearly left her days on MAFS behind her, becoming a popular beauty influencer online with 608K Instagram followers, and now appearing in The Celebrity Apprentice Australia.

Though she did cop a little bit of heat for an earnings quip on the show when she was called into the boardroom in front of 'boss' Lord Sugar again.

During a recent challenge, in a piece to camera, Martha hit out at the rest of her team, saying: "Nobody listens to me because they think I'm just a beauty influencer. They don't understand. I'm a beauty influencer who makes your yearly wage in a month."

Fans of the show immediately took to Twitter, unimpressed with Martha’s comment.

“If Martha makes so much on sponsored Insta posts for tummy teas and teeth whitening products, then why is she on Celebrity Apprentice?” one person asked.

“Martha boasting about how much money she makes as an influencer on social media is sickening,” a person wrote.

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