David Koch’s wife Libby reveals the real reason he is leaving Sunrise after 21 years in emotional interview: ‘It’s sort of sad’
David ‘Kochie’ Koch wife Libby has revealed the real reason why the TV star decided to leave Sunrise after 21 years of hosting the morning show.
Appearing on the Channel Seven breakfast program on Thursday, Libby Koch said it is sad to see her husband hang up his presenting hat, but it’s the right time.
Libby, who shares four grown up children with Koch, explained it got harder for her husband to put his all into his television gig while also spending time with his children and grandchildren.
After noticing how tired he was she sat him down to have a chat and they decided it was time for him to leave his much-loved television gig.
‘As much as he loved Sunrise he realised it’s time to start cutting back and we talked about that together, he was getting really tired,’ she said.
David ‘Kochie’ Koch wife Libby has revealed the real reason why the TV star decided to leave Sunrise after 21 years of hosting the morning show
‘It’s really quite sort of sad (to see him leave) but then it’ll become exciting, but I’m never very good with goodbyes.’
It was an emotional morning on the Sunrise set on Thursday as a montage of Kochie’s best moments were played before Libby surprised her husband with the sweet message.
Libby said she is most proud of her husband for always making time for her and their four children, despite his busy job.
Libby, who shares four grown up children with Koch, explained it got harder for her husband to put his all into his television gig while also spending time with his children and grandchildren
Kochie (pictured) is the longest-standing presenter on Australian breakfast TV
‘Dave had a great role model in his dad Dean and that’s what he copied with our children, no matter what if he was tired the weekend was family time and he has gone on like he did with putting the family first, even though he did have this big gig on Sunrise and people knowing him,’ she explained.
‘The fact that he’s worked hard to just box (Sunrise) off and then have the weekend as family time. I think his dad would be really proud of that.’
Libby also reminisced about his exciting career and looked back on the times she was by his side, during the good times and the bad.
‘When he introduced his joke of the day there was a lot of pushback from certain sectors about what cheeky things he’d say,’ she said.
‘But then the viewers started really responding and he was really relaxed in his style, often put his foot in it.
‘Viewers respond to that because they very quickly realised he’s just a regular bloke.’
Libby said she was proud of her husband’s spectacular and busy career, and the fact he still always made time for her and their four children (both pictured with their grandchildren)
Libby said she was also very proud of her husband’s coverage on the 2006 Beaconsfield mine disaster.
A small earthquake caused a tunnel to collapse in Tasmania, tragically killing miner Larry Knight and trapping miners, Brant Webb and Todd Russell.
When Brant and Todd were found to be alive on the sixth day, Kochie and Melissa Doyle were reporting on the sidelines until they were rescued after 14 days underground.
‘What I was really proud of that viewers didn’t know is that he and Mel would go round to Todd Russell’s parents and his wife’s house and sit down and have a cup of tea and have dinner and talk with the kids,’ she said.
She she found it tough to look at Kochie always being tired, so they decided it was time for him to step down (both pictured)