Mon, 29 Oct, 2018
David Koch reveals the moment he almost quit Sunrise
Since 2002, David Koch has appeared on Aussie screens for Seven’s breakfast morning show Sunrise.
However, in a new interview the 62-year-old admitted that he recently considered walking away from the show.
Speaking to Stellar magazine, he said: “I thought this would be my last year. I was wondering whether it was time for a change.”
But after the persuasion of network executives, the presenter, who is affectionately known as ‘Kochie’, decided to stay in his role.
“I've got another two years,” Kochie told Stellar, describing his current contract as “good”.
Recently, Sunrise has consistently beaten its Channel Nine rival, the Today show, in the ratings wars.
Despite being a long-standing presence on the show, Kochie has battled several controversies while hosting the breakfast program.
Most recently, Kochie came under fire after a controversial comment he made about slavery during a sports segment.
Presenter Mark Beretta was reading out a story about Usain Bolt potentially moving from the Central Coast Mariners soccer team to a European club.
“So the Mariners sell him for money, they make a lot of money out of it?” Kochie asked.
Mark replied: “It's a win-win. You keep him, great. You sell him, so be it. That's the tough world of professional football.”
Kochie then shot back: “Who said slavery was over – anyway, no.”
His fellow panellists appeared shocked by his comment.
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Shortly after, a spokesman for the TV personality told Daily Mail Australia that his phrasing was “clumsy”.
In 2013, Kochie also caused a stir after urging women to be “more discreet” when breastfeeding in public.
His comment caused 50 women to gather outside the Sunrise studio in Sydney’s Martin Place to stage a “nurse-in”.
Later that year, he also drew criticism for questioning whether Irish people were behind the Boston Marathon bombings.
He asked on the show: “Some people – is this a long bow? – of course it’s a very big Irish Catholic setting … Margaret Thatcher’s funeral coming up tomorrow, in London – is it a really long stretch to think they could be related?”
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