David ‘Kochie’ Koch hints at Sunrise’s future as he says ‘everything must come to an end’ – after mysterious absence from the show
Sunrise host David ‘Kochie’ Koch gave a big hint on Sunday that he’s looking at life outside of the popular breakfast show.
The veteran presenter, 67, told the Announce sun that after two decades in the role, he wants to scale things back.
“I’ve been doing it for almost 21 years. I love it, I’m still passionate about it, but I want a little more flexibility in my life,” he said.
“My wife Libby and I want to enjoy our lives and Channel Seven is happy to help.”
Kochie signed a two-year contract extension with Seven last year, which will see him stay at Sunrise at least until 2024 – although he negotiated “more flexibility” with his work commitments.
Sunrise presenter David ‘Kochie’ Koch, 67, (pictured) gave a big hint on Sunday that he’s looking at life outside of the hit breakfast show
The veteran presenter told the Herald Sun that after two decades in the role, he plans to scale things back. (Pictured with co-host Natalie Barr)
“Everything must come to an end. I have the flexibility to do it on my terms and I’m incredibly grateful to be given that opportunity,” he said.
It comes after Sunrise viewers have been scratching their heads for the past few days as Kochie was notably absent from the show.
Kochie was replaced by substitute Matt Shirvington.
On Tuesday, Natalie Barr and Shirvington hosted a special edition of the morning show about Donald Trump’s court ruling.
Kochie has been away from the breakfast chair since Friday week.
Kochie signed a two-year contract extension with Seven last year, which will see him stay at Sunrise until at least 2024 – though he negotiated ‘more flexibility’ with his work commitments
Natalie and Matt have not discussed Kochie’s disappearance, but it has been revealed that he is in Perth for the Resources Technology Showcase.
In October, Kochie signed the renewal deal during a meeting with Seven Network CEO James Warburton, expressing his interest in retirement.
Warburton was able to convince Koch to put his retirement plans on hold for another two years, but agreed to draft a contract that will allow the long-serving anchor to “take more breaks from the show as per his requirements,” reports The Australian.
This is in addition to Koch’s already relaxed work schedule, in which he hosts Sunrise four days a week and takes Fridays off.
Kochie was replaced last week by substitute Matt Shirvington (right)