Samantha Armytage has confirmed she is leaving Sunrise in an emotional statement

''The time has come for the sun to set on my time.''

By Maddison Hockey
It's the end of an era for Sunrise fans with co-host Samantha Armytage officially announcing she is leaving the beloved morning show.
In an official statement, Sam said of her departure: "The time has come for the sun to set on my time at Sunrise. I have always been brave and fearless in my career and this decision is no different."
"I want to take a break and find some peace and calm. I go out of this job at a time of my own choosing and on top of the ratings, which not many people on television can say they do."
"I cannot thank you all enough for having me in your lounge rooms all these years."
Sam is saying goodbye to Sunrise for good. (Instagram)
While the host is saying goodbye to Sunrise she will not be leaving Channel Seven altogether.
The statement confirmed: "She will remain a valued part of the network, with new projects to be announced at a later stage."
Co-host David "Kochie" Koch has praised Sam while sharing his full support.
"Ever since Sam joined Sunrise eight years ago, she has been the rock of the program and always led from the front," he said.
"Sam's humour, work ethic and team first values have been an inspiration to us all. But now it's time for Sam to put herself and Rich first and we couldn't be happier for, or more supportive of, them both."
Co-host Kochie is sad to see Sam go. (Instagram)
Rumours have been swirling that Sam would soon make an exit from the show, with Woman's Day getting the inside scoop ahead of the announcement.
The 44-year-old recently spoke of growing tired with the industry in a candid interview with Stellar.
"TV isn't a place that's necessarily very healthy. It's full of sociopaths and narcissists – it can be a dangerous environment, let me tell you," she said.

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