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Weapons in the break­fast TV bat­tle don’t come much cuter than labrador puppy, Banjo.

The mis­chievous mutt is poised to make his Sun­rise de­but to­mor­row, with dot­ing owner, Sa­man­tha Armytage - back in the break­fast TV bat­tle with Nine’s To­day for 2017.

The em­bat­tled TV pre­sen­ter, who re­turned from “pup-ter­nity leave” this week, en­dured a run of hor­ror head­lines late last year, but has found com­fort in the arms of her cam­era-ready com­pan­ion.

While Armytage’s fur baby has proved a wel­come dis­trac­tion from the ug­li­ness that has be­come the break­fast TV game at times, the per­sonal at­tacks against her con­tinue.

A se­ries of mag­a­zine ar­ti­cles spec­u­lat­ing Seven is con­sid­er­ing a per­son­nel change on Sun­rise, af­ter To­day made ground on their ri­vals last year, have been an­grily de­nied by Armytage and even more so by her co-host David Koch, who at­tacked the gos­sips this week as “stupid peo­ple.”

Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Michael Pell sup­ports their right to bite back, telling SwitchedOn: “I give them the free­dom to ex­press them­selves as they want and what they were re­spond­ing to was com­plete fic­tion.”


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