Samantha Armytage has broken down in tears during an emotional surprise for her last day on Sunrise.
The 44-year-old announced three days ago that she was leaving the Channel 7 morning show after eight years at the hosting desk.
For her last day, the team organized a surprise call with Samantha’s sister, Georgie, and her daughter Lucia, who are in lockdown in the UK.
Samantha instantly broke down in tears when she saw her family on the call and her sister said: “we are so proud of you Sammy”.
When Kochie asked Lucia what kind of an auntie she is, she replied: “The greatest auntie in the world.”
Georgie said they’re looking forward to all being together after the death of their mother Libby in November.
“God Sunrise you really know how to turn it on,” Georgie said as they brought up images of Sam with her mother.
Samantha said: “It’s been so hard to go through everything we’ve been through without being there with each other. It’s really hard when you’re on the other side of the world at times like this.”
In a statement released last week, Samantha revealed it was time for the "sun to set" on her time on the show, but she will remain a part of the Seven network, with new projects to be announced at a later stage.
"I have always been brave and fearless in my career and this decision is no different," Samantha said.
“I want to take a break and find some peace and calm. I go out of this job at a time of my own choosing and on top of the ratings, which not many people on television can say they do.
“I cannot thank you all enough for having me in your lounge rooms all these years.”
Sam broke down in tears as she made the bombshell announcement, telling viewers the last six months for her have been "bitter sweet".
“Some bits have been very happy and some bits have been very, very sad and I want to step out of this public world for a while take some time and calm things down. Enjoy a bit of slow living and spend some time with my precious family and husband and Banjo," she revealed.
“I go out of this job at a time of my own choosing and on top of the ratings which not many people in television can say they do.
“I’m extremely proud of my almost eight years at the helm of Sunrise. My seven years before that at Weekend Sunrise and my almost 18 years with the Seven network.
“My mother used to say to me, ‘edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all.’ And that’s precisely what I’m doing.”
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