Sunrise’s Nat Barr on ‘the truth’ about relationship with Sam Armytage

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For months there have been rumours that Sunrise co-host Natalie Barr and her predecessor Samantha Armytage had a frosty relationship behind-the-scenes.

Nat has now finally addressed the gossip, saying their personal relationship was very different to their on-screen connection.

Sunrise Natalie Barr and Samantha Armytage
Natalie Barr admits that she and Samantha Armytage “didn’t really see each other outside the office”. Photo: Channel Seven

Speaking with The Australian Women’s Weekly, the 53-year-old revealed the pair struggled to form a friendship outside of work.

”We got along very well in the office, for sure," Nat told the publication.

“But the truth is we didn't really see each other outside the office. We had vastly different lives, I guess. We were in different places. She was hanging with her friends, and I was spending time with my family. So, yes, we were in different places.”

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The news comes after Sunrise co-host David ‘Kochie’ Koch confessed he and Nat weren’t invited to Sam Armytage’s farewell lunch.

After leaving her hosting gig on the Channel Seven morning show, Sam also told Stellar that TV wasn’t the healthiest place for her.

“It’s full of sociopaths and narcissists,” she said candidly. “It can be a dangerous environment, let me tell you.”

Nat has now responded to Sam’s claims, saying that her and the Sunrise team didn’t take “much notice of that really”.

“You know, everyone is entitled to their opinion and entitled to have their say,” she continued.

“But in the past, I have talked about the people in our office being like my family and I am genuinely close to a lot of people there. For me, it's a wonderful place to be.”

Samantha Armytage on Sunrise.
Samantha says the TV industry is "full of sociopaths and narcissists". Photo: Instagram/sam_armytage

Real reason for exit

Speaking on her podcast Something To Talk About, Sam explained to her guest Kyle Sandilands why she decided to leave breakfast TV.

“There were many, many reasons,” she started. “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 she “was getting belted to death" in the media.

“You just think, ‘Is life worth this?’," she added.

While her relationship with Sam might be strained, Nat says she still has a close friendship with original Sunrise co-host Melissa Doyle.

“We have always been close. She one of television's great people,” she gushed. “We text each other and we keep each other up to date with each other's lives. She's a good, generous person.

"She was very generous with her congratulations when I was offered the job and she's incredibly supportive. We are both in a good space now, a good space for both of us.”

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