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“Time for a sea change”: David ‘Kochie’ Koch sparks rumours he’s leaving Sunrise

Kochie got teary during this morning's program.
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David ‘Kochie’ Koch has sparked rumours he’s set to leave Sunrise after two decades co-hosting the Seven breakfast program.

Kochie celebrated 20 years on Breaky Central by sharing his 20 most “memorable” moments to Instagram.

Among some of Kochie’s most treasured Sunrise memories was reporting on the Queen’s lying in state at Westminster Hall, climbing Kilimanjaro, meeting Katy Perry and covering the Macquarie Fields riots.

Kochie celebrated 20 years on Breaky Central by sharing his most memorable moments to Instagram.

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While the 66-year-old didn’t confirm nor deny that he is leaving Sunrise, many fans were convinced the nostalgic post was his way of farewelling the show.

“Good luck Kochie… enjoy your next adventures!” one fan wrote, while another penned, “Time for a sea change.”

Kochie’s colleagues didn’t mention a potential exit, but congratulated him for two decades on Sunrise.

“Outstanding! A real legend and great bloke! Thanks Kochie for all you do on and off the camera,” sports presenter Mark Beretta wrote.

On Tuesday’s show, Kochie held back tears as he reminisced on the past 20 years.

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“I was honored to be your colleague for 19+ years of those decades, mate! A hearty and well deserved congratulations to you. Celebrate every milestone!” former Sunrise entertainment editor Nelson Aspen commented.

“Congratulations Kochie; a massive milestone and what an incredible list of memories. You’re the best in the business and it’s an honour working with you,” Seven entertainment editor Mark Whitmore-Beirne said.

Kochie, who has been co-hosting Sunrise with Natalie Barr since early 2021, joined the program on October 4, 2002 alongside former co-host Melissa Doyle.

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On Tuesday’s program, Kochie said his tenure on Sunrise has been “one of the great joys of [his] life.”

“It has been incredible. You can’t get up winter, summer the whole lot without doing it with people that you love dearly,” he continued, fighting back tears.

“Beretts, Nat, Eddy and Dave Walters who has been in our ear for twenty years as part of the team, so I’m very grateful. Thank you for having me for 20 years.”

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