Truth behind Nat Barr's disappearance from Sunrise: 'Emotional'

She left the show suddenly on Tuesday.

Sunrise viewers were left surprised on Tuesday morning when Natalie Barr suddenly left the desk while co-host David 'Kochie' Koch was delivering the 8am news bulletin. When cameras returned to the hosts at 8:01am and the voiceover welcomed Kochie and Nat back, Monique was sitting in the co-host chair as though she'd been there the whole time.

"Good morning! Back now for our 8am hour on Sunrise. Thanks so much for joining us," Monique said with a big smile as Kochie looked on in surprise.

Sunrise's Nat Barr and Kochie
Sunrise's Nat Barr surprised fans on Tuesday when she disappeared from the show suddenly. Photo: Seven

"What the hell are you doing here?" he asked, seemingly perplexed as the rest of the panel laughed.

"Nat just scurried out and I happened to have been under the couch," Monique joked.


Kochie teased that Nat was forced to leave the show for an "exclusive interview" and had to catch a flight.

Nat took to Instagram later on Tuesday to reveal she left the show to interview Olivia Newton-John's family following the Aussie icon's state memorial service on Sunday.

The host shared a photo of herself with Olivia's husband John Easterling and daughter Chloe Lattanzi, writing, "I’ve just sat down with Olivia Newton John’s daughter and husband for a really lovely chat. It’s an emotional interview but also a funny one. It seems Australia’s sweetheart had another wickedly funny side she rarely showed any of us."

During the interview, Chloe shared her desire to work as a "wellness warrior" after supporting her mother's health journey as she battled breast cancer.

"Seeing what people go through with cancer, there's no greater mission," she said. "She was just so courageous and woke up every day with a smile."

Nat Barr, John Easterling and Chloe Lattanzi
Nat revealed she interviewed Olivia Newton-John's husband and daughter. Photo: Instagram/Nat Barr

Nat's followers commended her on the interview, with one user writing, "I’ve just watched your interview. I'm still crying. Your pure and beautiful time with two amazing beautiful souls who are missing their irreplaceable mum and wife was what makes you the beautiful soul you are."


"And no one better to interview them than you Nat. Love watching you and the team on Sunrise," another said.

"Now we know where you disappeared to," a third said with a laughing emoji.

"It was a mad dash but you made it!" a fourth said.

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