Samantha Armytage writes tribute to David Leckie after his death at age 70 70

‘Our friendship lasted to the end’: Samantha Armytage writes heartfelt tribute to TV legend David Leckie after his death at age 70

Samantha Armytage has paid a heartfelt tribute to TV titan David Leckie following his death at age 70 this week.

On Tuesday, the former Sunrise host, 44, posted to the late Channel Seven CEO for supporting her career over the years.

“I’m eternally grateful to Leckie. He (and Peter Meakin) hired me in 2003 as part of their massive turnaround of 7. And our friendship lasted to the end,” she began.

Pictured: David Leckie

‘Our friendship lasted to the end’: Samantha Armytage, 44, (left) this week paid heartfelt tribute to TV titan David Leckie (right) following his death at age 70 this week

“We had lunch recently and he was so supportive of my career choices and he was excited about what lay ahead.”

Samantha, who happened to meet her husband Richard Lavender at David’s wife Skye’s 60th birthday party, described Leckie as a “legend of Australian TV.”

“He was genuinely interested in making quality television and understood the medium like no other,” she wrote.

On Tuesday, the former Sunrise host posted to Instagram Stories, praising the late Channel Seven CEO for supporting her career over the years.

‘We had lunch recently and he was so supportive of my career choices’: On Tuesday, the former Sunrise presenter posted the late CEO of Channel Seven for supporting her career over the years

'He really cared about making quality television': Samantha, who met her husband Richard Lavender at David's wife Skye's 60th birthday party, described Leckie as a 'legend of Australian TV'

‘He really cared about making quality television’: Samantha, who met her husband Richard Lavender at David’s wife Skye’s 60th birthday party, described Leckie as a ‘legend of Australian TV’

Former Australian television director David died Tuesday at his home in the NSW Southern Highlands.

His wife Skye and sons Harry and Ben made the announcement in a family statement.

“It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of our adored and dearly beloved husband and father, David Leckie,” they said.

Tragic: Legendary former Australian television director David died aged 70 at his home in the Southern Highlands of NSW

Tragic: Legendary former Australian television director David died aged 70 at his home in the Southern Highlands of NSW

“David passed away this morning at Mulberry Farm, Robertson, after a long illness. He was surrounded by his loving family.’

David was CEO of Seven until 2010, then Seven West Media until 2012, before becoming a consultant and leaving the company in 2016.

Before Seven, he led the Nine Network from 1990 to 2001.

Fame: David Leckie rose to fame at a time when television network bosses were life-sized characters who could grab as much attention as on-screen stars.  He is pictured with wife Skye and sons, Harry (left) and Ben

Fame: David Leckie rose to fame at a time when television network bosses were life-sized characters who could grab as much attention as on-screen stars. He is pictured with wife Skye and sons, Harry (left) and Ben

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