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Samantha Armytage gushes over her new podcast as she reflects upon new career after quitting Sunrise

Samantha Armytage may have said goodbye to Sunrise. 

But the sun certainly hasn’t set on her time in the spotlight, thanks to the success of her new Something To Talk About podcast. 

Speaking to Sunday’s Stellar magazine, the 44-year-old waxed lyrical about her new career path as a podcaster, explaining: ‘I’ve had a very good response from everyone I know.’ 

‘I’m loving this long-form journalism. There’s a real freedom to it’: Samantha Armytage, 44, (pictured) has gushed over the ‘freedom’ offered by her new career as a podcaster after quitting her role hosting Seven’s Sunrise 

‘People seem to be enjoying the podcast and I’m really thrilled with how many people are tuning in,’ she added.  

Samantha’s podcast was launched last month in partnership with Stellar, and has already reached the top five on the Australian podcast charts.

‘I’m loving this long-form journalism. There’s a real freedom to it. It’s really just like having a chat with a mate,’ she told Stellar.

'I've had a very good response from everyone I know': Samantha's podcast was launched last month in partnership with Stellar, and has already reached the top five on the Australian podcast charts

‘I’ve had a very good response from everyone I know’: Samantha’s podcast was launched last month in partnership with Stellar, and has already reached the top five on the Australian podcast charts

Samantha sensationally revealed she was quitting the Seven’s breakfast show Sunrise in order to reclaim ‘peace’ and ‘calm’ in her life on Monday. 

She marked her last day on Sunrise on Thursday, and broke down in tears during an emotional farewell.  

As she bid farewell to her viewers, the presenter made special mention of the ‘bullying’ Australian media. 

Gone: Samantha marked her last day on Sunrise on Thursday and broke down in tears during an emotional farewell

Gone: Samantha marked her last day on Sunrise on Thursday and broke down in tears during an emotional farewell

Emotional: Sam, who was supported by her husband, Richard Lavender, and her Sunrise co-hosts on Thursday, took aim at the wider Australian media as she bid farewell to viewers

Emotional: Sam, who was supported by her husband, Richard Lavender, and her Sunrise co-hosts on Thursday, took aim at the wider Australian media as she bid farewell to viewers

‘I do want to say that I never fully understood some of the scrutiny and the snarkiness and the bullying from some aspects of the media,’ she said. 

She continued: ‘But today we move on from that, because there is a new chapter starting and it has been overwhelmingly a good experience in my life.’  

‘Most of all, I thank all of our viewers. You are just wonderful people. There are so many lovely people. So many more lovely ones than the nasty ones.’

New focus: She had announced her resignation live on air on Monday, saying she wanted to step back from TV to spend more time with her family

New focus: She had announced her resignation live on air on Monday, saying she wanted to step back from TV to spend more time with her family

Sam, who joined Sunrise in 2013, spoke about the toxic environment of the TV industry in an article for the News Corp-owned Stellar magazine last month.

‘There’s a lot about television that’s all about you and that’s an awful way to live your life. TV isn’t a place that’s necessarily very healthy,’ she said.

‘It’s full of sociopaths and narcissists. It can be a dangerous environment, let me tell you.’ 

Making headlines: Sam, who joined Sunrise in 2013, spoke about the toxic envirHer remarks greatly upset her colleagues and executives at Seven, and said to be described by some insiders as tantamount to 'career suicide'.onment of the TV industry in an article for the News Corp-owned Stellar magazine last month

Making headlines: Sam, who joined Sunrise in 2013, spoke about the toxic envirHer remarks greatly upset her colleagues and executives at Seven, and said to be described by some insiders as tantamount to ‘career suicide’.onment of the TV industry in an article for the News Corp-owned Stellar magazine last month

She also said unmarried, childless women in television were treated differently and given more work compared to their married counterparts. 

Her remarks greatly upset her colleagues and executives at Seven, and said to be described by some insiders as tantamount to ‘career suicide’. 

Her announcement followed months of rumours she was preparing to leave Sunrise to spend more time with Richard at his country estate in the Southern Highlands.

Sam’s last day on Sunrise was Thursday, but her $800,000-a-year contract with Seven doesn’t expire until October. 

On Sunday, Sunrise newsreader Natalie Barr was confirmed as Samantha’s permanent replacement on the breakfast show.  

Cha-ching! Sam's last day on Sunrise was Thursday, but her $800,000-a-year contract with Seven doesn't expire until October

Cha-ching! Sam’s last day on Sunrise was Thursday, but her $800,000-a-year contract with Seven doesn’t expire until October

It's official! On Sunday, Sunrise newsreader Natalie Barr (pictured) was confirmed as Samantha's permanent replacement on the breakfast show

It’s official! On Sunday, Sunrise newsreader Natalie Barr (pictured) was confirmed as Samantha’s permanent replacement on the breakfast show


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