A tearful David Koch signed his latest edition of Sunrise this morning surrounded by family, colleagues, former guests and Cash Cow.
“Kochie,” as families across the country called him, capped off a stellar streak of nearly 21 years on the air, with highlights, musical tributes, and a congalina of good-bye videos including Rita Ora, Jason Derulo, Sam Fischer, Guy Sebastian, Peking Duk, Daryl Braithwaite, Delta Goodrem, Amy Shark and there was a note from Dame Julie Andrews.
In attendance were his wife Libby, children and grandchildren, Natalie Barr, Melissa Doyle and Sam Armytage, the Sunrise team of Mark Beretta, Edwina Bartholomew, Sam Mac and crew.
The final show also featured guests PM Anthony Albanese, Beaconsfield survivors Brant Webb and Todd Russell, Joe Hockey and Kevin Rudd and international superstar and accordionist Hans.
Kochie said, “It was the most spectacular job, it was the greatest feat. I loved it. I couldn’t have done it alone, and I didn’t do it alone.
“It’s a life I’ve loved and am incredibly proud of. I love working with the people I work with and not sitting next to you (Natalie Barr) every day is going to be a huge adjustment.
He added: “Our viewers, you got us, you got our sense of humor, you understood what we stood for. I keep saying, sorry guys, what we do is kind of a crap job compared to paramedics and healthcare workers and first responders. But if we can bring some joy into your life, if we can inform you, entertain you every day and do good, I think that’s why we’re here. And this is the heart of Sunrise.”
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