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Why Kylie Gillies was invited to Sam Armytage’s send-off but Sunrise stars weren’t

The Morning Show’s Kylie Gillies has revealed why she and co-anchor Larry Emdur attended Sam Armytage’s farewell party on March 11, but her colleagues on Sunrise – including hosts David Koch and Natalie Barr – weren’t invited.

Kylie, 53, said on The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Monday that Sam hadn’t actually planned a send-off, but decided to do something at the last minute when Kylie asked her what she was doing that afternoon.

The late lunch at Catalina Restaurant in Sydney’s Rose Bay was cobbled together at the eleventh hour, she said, and the on-air Sunrise team didn’t go because they had already spent hours toasting with Sam at Seven’s Martin Place studios.

On the guest list: The Morning Show’s Kylie Gillies (right) has revealed why she and co-anchor Larry Emdur attended Sam Armytage’s (left) farewell party on March 11, but her colleagues on Sunrise – including hosts David Koch and Natalie Barr – weren’t invited

She explained: ‘I was there… I said to Sam, “What are doing after work? You can’t go home and do the washing. Let’s go out an have [lunch]. Let’s have a champagne; you can’t go home.”‘

Radio host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson replied: ‘So you were the one responsible for this impromptu little get-together!’

Kylie agreed, then said reports of the Sunrise team being snubbed by Sam weren’t accurate as they’d spent the morning drinking champagne at Brekky Central.

‘While we were on air [on The Morning Show], they all had some champagne in the office with Sam,’ she said. 

Impromptu get-together: Kylie, 53, said on The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Monday that Sam hadn't actually planned a send-off, but decided to do something at the last minute when Kylie asked her what she was doing that afternoon. Kylie is pictured arriving for the late lunch at Catalina Restaurant in Sydney's Rose Bay on March 11

Impromptu get-together: Kylie, 53, said on The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Monday that Sam hadn’t actually planned a send-off, but decided to do something at the last minute when Kylie asked her what she was doing that afternoon. Kylie is pictured arriving for the late lunch at Catalina Restaurant in Sydney’s Rose Bay on March 11

It comes after Sunrise hosts Kochie and Natalie confirmed last week they hadn’t been invited to former anchor Sam’s farewell party.

The pair were grilled about Sam’s departure on Kyle and Jackie O on Thursday, and Kochie, 65, admitted he and Natalie, 53, weren’t even told about the shindig.

‘Why didn’t you two go to Sam’s farewell party?’ radio host Kyle Sandilands asked. ‘All the photographers were there, but I didn’t see you there.’

Kochie then let slip they hadn’t been invited, saying: ‘We didn’t know about it and we had a postponed Christmas party the next day.’

Natalie added: ‘And we had been having champagne in the office for a while.’

The pair also strongly denied rumours Sam had been forced to leave Channel Seven’s top-rating breakfast show.

Kochie insisted Sam hadn’t been pushed out, saying she ‘just wanted a change of life’ after marrying Bowral businessman Richard Lavender. 

‘No, no, Sam just wanted a change of life, she got married,’ he said. 

Natalie and Kochie weren’t the only Sunrise stars absent from Sam’s send-off, as newsreader Edwina Bartholomew and weatherman Sam Mac also didn’t attend.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported on March 8 that Sam and Kochie’s professional relationship had hit an ‘all-time low’ in the months before her resignation.

Network sources claimed they barely spoke off camera, and the dynamic between them had become ‘untenable’ by early 2021.

Sam’s farewell dinner came just hours after she used her last day on Sunrise to attack the media for treating her ‘unfairly’ during her eight-year tenure.

‘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.

‘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.’

Sam had announced her resignation on air on March 8. 

Weeks earlier, she’d told the News Corp-owned Stellar magazine the TV industry was filled with ‘sociopaths and narcissists’.

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

Controversy: Weeks before her on-air resignation on March 8, Sam said the TV industry was filled with 'sociopaths and narcissists' - remarks which upset her colleagues at Seven

Controversy: Weeks before her on-air resignation on March 8, Sam said the TV industry was filled with ‘sociopaths and narcissists’ – remarks which upset her colleagues at Seven 


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