The 67-year-old, who is the longest-serving breakfast television host in Australian history, responded to rumours about his successor during an appearance on The Kyle & Jackie O Show on Monday morning.
“Um, no, I don’t think so,” he replied.
Kyle and his co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson then speculated over who is and isn’t likely to take the job, including Today host Karl Stefanovic and former Channel 10 star Dr Chris Brown, who is set to join Seven in July.
“Well, it’s obvious they’re not going to take Karl,” Kyle remarked.
“And it’s not going to be Dr Chris Brown either, is it?” Jackie asked, to which Kochie simply just laughed.
“No, you can’t put a vet on there,” Kyle joked. “How insulting. That’s like saying Mr Whippy’s gonna come and take over my job, like come on man, that’s ridiculous.”
'Plenty of great talent'
When asked for a clue as to who his replacement might be, Kochie told the hosts that there is “plenty of great talent working on Sunrise”.
“Look, to use football parlance, I’ve talked to the list managers, it’s time for the next generation to come through and they've got a lot to choose from,” he said.
“All will be revealed next Monday, and then I leave on Friday.”
Kochie also shared that he won’t be moving back to his hometown of Adelaide when he finishes up at Sunrise.
“I will stay here in Sydney,” he said. “Our kids are here, grandkids are here, and our family business is here.”
Why is Kochie leaving Sunrise?
Kochie explained in a statement from Channel Seven that he believes it’s time to shake up his routine after spending over two decades waking up in the early morning.
“I know I'm going to miss it enormously, but it's time for me to work business hours, and for (his wife) Libby and I to have a bit more flexibility to enjoy our burgeoning family, to travel and focus on our family business interests in Pinstripe Media and the Ausbiz business channel,” he shared.
“As everyone knows, I'm a finance nerd so you'll still see me pop up every so often on RBA board meeting days or covering other big financial news, but as a guest rather than host.
“Coming up to 20 consecutive years as Australia's most-watched breakfast show is a nice moment to exit stage left with an enormous sense of pride and gratitude. Thank you for the privilege.”
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