Melissa Doyle has shared a sweet tribute to her former Sunrise co-host David Koch after he announced he was quitting the breakfast show on Monday.
The Channel Seven presenter, 53, posted a throwback photo to Instagram of her and her former colleague alongside a touching message.
‘Here’s to remembering the laughs, tears, experiences, embarrassing moments and highlights, the wonderful loyal viewers and incredible team,’ Melissa wrote.
‘Congratulations @kochie_online on 21 years of @sunriseon7. So proud to have been part of it. Enjoy those sleep ins.’
She also posted a photo of the pair with John Mayer on the set of Sunrise and wrote: ‘Congratulations Kochie 21 years.’
Melissa Doyle has shared a touching tribute to David Koch after her former co-star announced his departure from Sunrise on Monday
Kochie has been inundated with well-wishes from friends, family and fans but one of his most famous former colleagues, Samantha Armytage, has remained quiet about the news.
Samantha, who sat on the couch alongside Kochie for seven years, hasn’t publicly commented on his departure following persistent rumours of a feud between Sam and her former co-stars.
After the network shared a video of Kochie’s announcement on social media, many of his friends congratulated him on his career.
‘Can’t wait to see what happened next for you. What an incredible career at sunrise,’ model Erin Holland commented on the post.
Sunrise presenter Katie Brown said: ‘I’m not mad… I’m just so sad. You’re the best of the best Kochie. Congratulations, we’re going to miss you so much.’
The Channel Seven presenter posted a throwback photo to Instagram of her and her former colleague alongside a touching message
Kochie told Daily Mail Australia he is yet to check all of his text messages, but confirmed he received one from his other longtime co-host Mel, Sam’s predecessor.
‘I’ve just glanced, because I’ve got lots of messages, I saw one from Mel and I’m sure there will be a whole bunch of others in the list but I’ve been talking to lots of journos and doing interviews,’ he said.
Back in 2021, Samantha was quick to address Natalie Barr’s promotion to co-host following her departure from the show.
She criticised Natalie on Twitter at the time for continuing to speak about her in the press, three months after taking over as anchor of Seven’s breakfast show.
‘Look, I’m out. Nat’s wanted the job forever… and she’s finally got it. She just needs to get on and enjoy it – and forget about me (even though I’m unforgettable),’ she wrote.
Kochie has been inundated with well-wishes from friends, family and fans but one of his most famous former colleagues, Samantha Armytage (left), has remained quiet about the news
Meanwhile Kochie struggled to hold back the tears during his goodbye speech on Monday.
‘I have loved every single minute of it and I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved here over the last 21 years,’ Kochie told viewers.
‘I started here before Facebook, before Instagram, before Twitter and iPhones. That’s how old I am.
‘I’ve been privileged to experience so many great adventures, to meet so many different people and to cover so many moments of history in the making’.
Natalie told her co-host: ‘The show would not be what it is today without you. It’s been an amazing ride and we’re going to celebrate that in the next two weeks.’
The host has been a familiar face on Australian television screens since 2002 when he started on the Sunrise desk.
Kochie has hosted Sunrise with Natalie since 2022 following the departure of his former co-host Samantha after almost 10 years.
Before that, he shared the desk at ‘Brekky Central’ with Melissa.
On August 21, it was announced Melissa was parting ways with Channel Seven after 25 years.
Kochie co-hosted Sunrise with Samantha (pictured) since 2013. Before that, he shared the desk at ‘Brekky Central’ with Melissa Doyle