Kylie Gillies of the Morning Show has revealed why she and co-anchor Larry Emdur attended Sam Armytage’s farewell party on March 11, but her colleagues on Sunrise – including hosts David Koch and Natalie Barr – were not invited.
Kylie, 53, went on to say The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Monday that Sam hadn’t actually scheduled a broadcast, but decided to do something at the last minute when Kylie asked her what she was doing that afternoon.
Late lunch at Catalina Restaurant in Sydney’s Rose Bay was cobbled together at the eleventh hour, she said, and the Sunrise team on the aired didn’t go because they’d spent hours toasting with Sam at Seven’s Martin Place studios.
On the guest list: The Morning Show’s Kylie Gillies (right) has revealed why she and co-anchor Larry Emdur attended Sam Armytage’s farewell party (left) on March 11, but her colleagues on Sunrise – including hosts David Koch and Natalie Barr – were not invited
She explained, ‘I was there … I said to Sam,’ What are you doing after work? You can’t go home to do laundry. [lunch]Let’s have a champagne; you can’t go home. ”
Radio host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson replied, “So you were the one responsible for this makeshift little gathering!”
Kylie agreed, but then said that the reports that the Sunrise team was being disapproved by Sam were incorrect, as they had been drinking champagne all morning at Brekky Central.
While we were on the air [on The Morning Show]”They all drank champagne in the office with Sam,” she said.
Impromptu get-together: Kylie, 53, said on The Kyle and Jackie O Show Monday that Sam hadn’t actually scheduled a show, but decided to do something at the last minute when Kylie asked her what she was doing that afternoon. Kylie arrives on March 11 for late lunch at Catalina Restaurant in Sydney’s Rose Bay
It comes after Sunrise hosts Kochie and Natalie confirmed last week that they weren’t invited to former anchor Sam’s farewell party.
The pair had been grilled about Sam’s departure Kyle and Jackie O Thursday, and Kochie, 65, admitted that he and Natalie, 53, hadn’t even been told about the shindig.
“Why didn’t you go to Sam’s going-away party?” asked radio host Kyle Sandilands. “All the photographers were there, but I didn’t see you there.”
Explanation: Late lunch at Catalina Restaurant in Sydney’s Rose Bay was put together at the eleventh hour, Kylie said, and the Sunrise team on the air couldn’t go because they’d been toasting hours with Sam at Seven’s Martin Place studios ( photo)
Kochie then let slip that they weren’t invited and said, “We didn’t know about it and we had a postponed Christmas party the next day.”
Natalie added, “And we had champagne in the office for a while.”
The pair also vigorously denied rumors that Sam had been forced to leave Channel Seven’s top-rated breakfast show.
Kochie insisted Sam hadn’t been pushed out, saying she ‘just wanted a change of life’ after she married Bowral businessman Richard Lavender.
“No, no, Sam just wanted a change of life, she’s married,” he said.
Natalie and Kochie weren’t the only Sunrise stars absent from Sam’s broadcast, as news anchor Edwina Bartholomew and weather forecaster Sam Mac were also absent.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported on March 8 that the professional relationship between Sam and Kochie had hit a ‘rock bottom’ in the months leading up to her dismissal.
Network sources claimed they barely spoke off-camera and the dynamic between them had become ‘unsustainable’ by early 2021.
Sam’s farewell dinner came just hours after she used her last day at Sunrise to attack the media for treating her “unfairly” during her eight-year tenure.
“I do want to say that I never fully understood some of the criticism and the snarkiness and bullying of some aspects of the media,” she said.
“But we’re going to get rid of that today, because a new chapter is starting and it’s been an overwhelmingly good experience in my life.”
Sam had announced her resignation on March 8.
Weeks earlier, she had told News Corp owned magazine Stellar that the TV industry was filled with “ sociopaths and narcissists. ”
Her comments greatly upset her colleagues and executives at Seven and were described by some insiders as a “career suicide.”
Controversy: Weeks before her firing on the March 8 airing, Sam said the TV industry was filled with “ sociopaths and narcissists ” – comments that upset her colleagues at Seven