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Sunrise host Samantha Armytage reveals that TV ‘a dangerous environment’

Sunrise host Samantha Armytage recently revealed that an early retirement had crossed her mind.

And according to The Daily Telegraph, the 44-year-old presenter is set to reveal how TV ‘can’t be a forever job’, in Sunday’s Stellar magazine.

In a preview of the chat that was published on Saturday, Sam explained that industry is ‘a dangerous environment’.   

Candid: In a preview for Sunday’s Stellar Magazine, Samantha Armytage explained that the TV industry is ‘a dangerous environment’

 ‘TV isn’t a place that’s necessarily very healthy,’ she told the publication. 

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

In the preview episode for her podcast Something To Talk About with Samantha Armytage, published by Stellar, Sam further addressed whether she would give up Morning TV. 

‘One of these days I will eventually give it up, nothing lasts forever, or they might sack me, you know its a business,’ she said with a laugh. 

Revelation: The candid admission comes after Sam admitted on the Kyle and Jackie O Show that she has thought about retirement. Pictured with her Sunrise co-host David 'Kochie' Koch

Revelation: The candid admission comes after Sam admitted on the Kyle and Jackie O Show that she has thought about retirement. Pictured with her Sunrise co-host David ‘Kochie’ Koch

The candid admission comes after Sam admitted on the Kyle and Jackie O Show that she has thought about retirement. 

Earlier this month, she said that while she was still under contract at Seven, she hadn’t ruled out giving up her TV career for a quiet life in the Southern Highlands. 

The media personality said that she was ‘very happy’ in her job but could ‘easily’ see herself embracing country life ‘down the track’.

Sam made the admission while discussing her wedding to millionaire horse breeder Richard Lavender, which took place at his $2million estate in Berrima.

Change of pace: The media personality said that she was 'very happy' in her job but could 'easily' see herself embracing country life 'down the track'

Change of pace: The media personality said that she was ‘very happy’ in her job but could ‘easily’ see herself embracing country life ‘down the track’ 

Radio host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson observed: ‘I get the feeling, Sam, that you’re going to give this up next contract or something.’

She then asked: ‘Do you ever see yourself doing that [retiring to the country]?’

Sam replied: ‘Oh yeah, I think down the track I could, easily.’

When asked if she would miss working in TV, Sam offered a thoughtful response.

‘I do wonder… there’s a lot of adrenaline in television. Anything that’s live there’s a lot of adrenaline. Sometimes I wonder… but by the same token you don’t want that adrenaline all the time,’ she said.

‘And you know, I’ve been a journo for 22 years. I’m very old.’

Women's intuition? Radio host Jackie 'O' Henderson (pictured) observed: 'I get the feeling, Sam, that you're going to give this up next contract or something'

Women’s intuition? Radio host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson (pictured) observed: ‘I get the feeling, Sam, that you’re going to give this up next contract or something’

In December, Sam furiously hit back at a report in a Nine-owned newspaper which claimed her position at Seven was ‘one of the biggest question marks of 2021’.

She denied she was leaving the network and accused the newspaper of doing a hatchet job on her because Sunrise had beaten Nine’s Today show in the ratings.

‘Good one, Channel Nine. If you can’t beat Sunrise in the ratings, invent a (bitchy) column for some Christmas “cheer”,’ she wrote on Instagram.

Denial: In December, Sam furiously hit back at a report in a Nine-owned newspaper which claimed her position at Seven was 'one of the biggest question marks of 2021'

Denial: In December, Sam furiously hit back at a report in a Nine-owned newspaper which claimed her position at Seven was ‘one of the biggest question marks of 2021’ 

The Sun-Herald column noted that ‘a question mark hangs over’ Sam’s future at Seven, with 2021 perhaps being the year when her priorities shift from her career to ‘marriage and starting a family’ with Richard.

Despite Sam’s denial, a spokesperson for Nine Newspapers said they were ‘standing by the story’.

Sam has co-anchored Sunrise with David ‘Kochie’ Koch since 2013.

Sam Armytage launches her new podcast for Stellar, Something To Talk About with Samantha Armytage, on February 28. 

Married life: Sam is pictured with new husband Richard Lavender

Married life: Sam is pictured with new husband Richard Lavender


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