She caused shockwaves through the industry when she quit her role on Sunrise last year but Samantha Armytage’s fans will be delighted with the news that the star is heading back to the small screen.
Channel Seven have announced that Sam, who now lives in the country with her husband, Richard Lavender, will join the Farmer Wants A Wife cast next year.
Sam, who has embraced the farm life since moving to the Southern Highlands, will feature as a special guest on the 2022 season of the show, alongside host Natalie Gruzlewski.
In a statement Channel Seven said Sam will “help the farmers and ladies on their road to finding real love”, where she will introduce each farmer to a new lady based on her own expertise and experience.
"I'm thrilled to be joining Farmer Wants A Wife in 2022. I've always been a huge fan of the show and of country people, and I know first-hand that falling in love with a farmer is just about the most wonderful thing you can do,” Sam said.
Seven’s Network Director of Programming, Angus Ross, said: “It’s fantastic to welcome Sam back to our screens. Farmer Wants A Wife has been such a hit with audiences because of its heart and Natalie’s earnest mission to help farmers find the love of their lives. Given Sam’s new life on the farm, she’s in the perfect position to share a snapshot of what farm life could look like for the ladies.”
The 2021 season of Farmer Wants A Wife was a massive ratings success with scandals dominating both on and off the screen.
Samantha swapped the bright lights of the Sunrise set for an idyllic country life back in March, after eight years with the breakfast TV show.
At the time, she explained that she wanted to "take a break and find some peace and calm" after a difficult six months.
On her final day on Sunrise, Sam hit out at the 'snarkiness' and 'bullying' she had faced during her time as host.
After much speculation around her replacement, Sam's Channel 7 colleague Nat Barr stepped in to host the program alongside David 'Kochie' Koch.
In a farewell post on Instagram, Sam thanked viewers for watching her and Kochie over the years.
"It’s time to start the next chapter, but I will never forget how wonderful our @sunriseon7 viewers were to me. See you soon," she said.
Since then, Sam has waved lyrical about her transition to country living, calling her new lifestyle "bliss" in an interview with The Daily Telegraph.
“I barely brush my hair and put a bit of lipstick on these days, and it is lovely,” she said.
“It is absolutely bliss to not have to worry about hair and makeup for this part of my career.”
The star also revealed that she doesn't think she's done with TV just yet but if she were to take up a new role on air, it wouldn't be at the same pace as Sunrise, as she doesn't think that way of life brought her 'much happiness'.
“I wasn’t happy at all with the level of attention that I got through that and so I reset it," she said.
Since her departure from the morning breakfast show, Samantha has been working on her podcast, Something To Talk About, for Stellar magazine.
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