Sam’s happy to just rise and shine

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS - By Sh­eryl-Lee Kerr

SAM Army­tage’s pro­ducer Michael Pell says she makes deskmate David Koch seem less daggy. Is that even pos­si­ble?

“Oooh,” she protests. “He’s such a cool dude, the Kochmeis­ter. God we laugh a lot … It’d be tor­ture to get up at 3.30am each day if you didn’t like the peo­ple you were work­ing with. I’m so glad and lucky that I do like them.”

It’s been 16 months since Army­tage con­tro­ver­sially re­placed Sun­rise co­host Melissa Doyle and her suc­cess is thanks to the dy­namic she has with Koch. “He zigs when I zag,” she says. “We’re mates. His strengths boost up my weak­nesses and vice versa.”

Army­tage is up­beat and un­daunted – use­ful traits to have in the TV game, es­pe­cially given her past few months. She’s seen her makeover show Bring­ing Sexy Back dis­ap­pear after a crit­i­cal pan­ning. She’s been the sub­ject of veiled crit­i­cism over her weight which Army­tage slammed on TV as “fat sham­ing”.

And last week a tell-all book, Brekkie Cen­tral, au­thored by Sun­rise’s ex-pro­ducer, Adam Boland, came out with new claims of var­i­ous in-fight­ing to add to the old gossip do­ing the rounds.

“I’m fine,” she says with a laugh. She’s more than fine. For a start she’s shrugged off all that fat-sham­ing stuff. She’s hav­ing the time of her life on Sun­rise. She and Doyle have “no prob­lem”.

And Army­tage is also not short of fans. She has 78,000 Twit­ter fol­low­ers and 48,000 on In­sta­gram.

“I’m just out there hav­ing a go. If peo­ple don’t like that then don’t watch. But if I had to weigh up the nasty peo­ple and the lovely peo­ple, there’s far more lovely peo­ple.”

Her next project is her book, out next month, called Shine. “It’s re­ally sort of aimed at younger women, be­cause it’s a ter­ri­ble time, your teenage years. If you’re not en­tirely beau­ti­ful and stick thin, like I wasn’t, it can be bloody aw­ful, but you’re not a teenager for­ever, thank God. SUN­RISE WEEK­DAYS, 6AM, SEVEN

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