Ex-Sunrise host Sam Armytage 'to join' Dancing with the Stars

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Former Sunrise host Samantha Armytage has reportedly made the 'shortlist' to appear on Channel 7's upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars.

The 44-year-old quit the popular breakfast program after eight years at the desk, and speculation has since been rife around what Sam might decide to do next.

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Samantha Armytage said she was only 'taking a break' from TV. Photo: Getty

According to New Idea, a production source said: "They still see Sam as a big star and [Seven] think there's real potential in her entering prime time."

The insider also added that the addition of Sam to the program – which featured the likes of Home and Away star Ada Nicodemou, Luke Jacobz, Manu Feildel, and Schapelle Corby last season – would be "ratings gold".

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Samantha recently got candid about her career plans during a chat with shock jock Kyle Sandilands on her new podcast Something To Talk About.

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Dancing with the Stars last season invited back All Stars. Photo: Channel 7

Sam Armytage only 'having a break' from TV

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.

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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Samantha Armytage quit Sunrise earlier this year. Photo: Channel 7

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, but the it seems the move sparked some war of words between the two media women.

Samantha Armytage raised eyebrows by claiming that her successor "wanted the job forever" recently, with an inside source at Seven claiming her accusations about her replacement Nat are 'untrue,' and that they 'went down like a lead balloon' with her ex-employer.

Other whispers about her next move once her contract with Channel 7 does come to an end, include reports 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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