Natalie Barr was confirmed ‘officially’ as Samantha Armytage’s replacement on Sunrise over the weekend.

So our mornings are going to look a little different soon with Natalie on the couch with Kochie and it seems she has his complete support.

In a statement he said, “Nat has been there every step of the way as we’ve evolved Sunrise over the past 18 years.”

“Our viewers know Nat is way more than just a newsreader. For years she has always stepped up as a co-host, filling in for Sam and I, and spent much of last year leading our coverage of the COVID pandemic.”

“We all love her wicked sense of humour and no-nonsense approach to life. Nat and I have always had a very close relationship – I’ve seen her sons grow into fine young men, walked The Kokoda Track with her husband, Drew, and her mum Julie is so gorgeous.”

He finished with, “Nat is a wonderful person, with a wonderful family, and I can’t wait to sit alongside her as we continue to evolve Sunrise.”


Seeing Nat on our screens is an easy transition with her stepping every now and then as recently as Friday, just a day after Armytage’s last day.

Natalie also released her own statement revealing she’s looking forward to her new role, “Sunrise has been my work family for 18 years and while I’ve absolutely loved my role as newsreader, I’ve now been given the chance to move half a metre along the desk closer to Kochie and give something new a try.”

“I like to think of it as same same, but different. I can’t wait!”


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