Sunrise's Shirvo blasts major detail about his job after 4 week holiday

The presenter poked fun at one of the more difficult parts of breakfast TV.

Sunrise host Matt ‘Shirvo’ Shirvington has finally returned to the breakfast show after spending the past four weeks off-air enjoying time with his family.

Nat Barr, who came back to Brekky Central last week and sat alongside Weekend Sunrise’s Matt Doran in Shirvo’s absence, gave her co-host a warm welcome on Wednesday morning.

Sunrise’s Nat Barr and Matt ‘Shirvo’ Shirvington sleeping.
Sunrise’s Matt ‘Shirvo’ Shirvington returned to Brekky Central on Wednesday morning. Photo: Instagram/sunriseon7

“Welcome back the Shirv! Did you have a good break?” she asked cheerily.

“It feels so good to be back, hello everyone!” he replied. “It was an amazing break, just so nice to relax and chill out.

“I didn’t do much, gotta be honest with you, but got to meet a number of Sunrise viewers along the way. I went up to the Gold Coast, got rained out unfortunately, had a lot of time in a hotel room with the family, which in itself was nice too.”


The former Olympic sprinter went on to say that one of the best parts of his break was not having to set an alarm each morning.

“How good are sleep-ins? So good,” he remarked, before quickly adding, “Not gonna miss them!”.

“You’re happy now, you loved the alarm this morning,” Nat joked.

How Sarah Abo adjusted to breakfast TV

Fellow breakfast TV host Sarah Abo, who began hosting the rival program Today alongside Karl Stefanovic last year, also recently opened up about how the role has affected her sleep schedule.

Speaking with her predecessor Ally Langdon at Channel Nine’s 2024 launch event on Friday, the former 60 Minutes reporter admitted that joining Today was a “big change”.

“I feel like this year I have a better handle on it, I have a better understanding of the role and the early wakeups,” she said.

“I've said it a million times before, I’m a bit of a night owl, so 60 Minutes suited me perfectly because we didn't have a schedule. There was no routine, I was fine by that. But now waking up at 3am every morning, it's a bit of a challenge and an adjustment, but I reckon about six months in last year I kind of felt like I sprung out of bed, so to speak.”

Ally was quick to shut down Sarah’s sentiment, replying: “No, that’s bulls**t. No one springs out of bed at 3am.”

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