Who needs Sunrise? Former TV host Samantha Armytage celebrates recent podcast success

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Samantha Armytage said goodbye to Sunrise last month after more than eight years co-hosting the Channel Seven breakfast show.

But she appears to have continued her successful media career in the form of her new ‘Something To Talk About’ podcast with Stellar magazine.

On Tuesday, the 44-year-old celebrated being named Spotify ANZ’s local ‘podcast of the week’.

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Who needs Sunrise? Former TV host Samantha Armytage (pictured) has celebrated her new podcast's recent success at being announced as 'Spotify's pick of the week'

Who needs Sunrise? Former TV host Samantha Armytage (pictured) has celebrated her new podcast’s recent success at being announced as ‘Spotify’s pick of the week’ 

So far Sam’s podcast has included high-profile guests such as former politician Julie Bishop, actor Hugh Sheridan and NRL legend Steve Roach. 

‘@sam_armytage talks to a line up of experts, famous friends and everyday Aussies on an array of subjects in a conversational and in-depth forum on this weeks Podcast Of The Week,’ Spotify ANZ’s page captioned a shout-out to the TV star on Wednesday. 

Last month, Sam waxed lyrical about her new career path as a podcaster, explaining to Stellar magazine: ‘I’ve had a very good response from everyone I know.’  

'I'm loving this long-form journalism. There's a real freedom to it': Samantha, 44, (pictured) gushed over the 'freedom' offered by her new career as a podcaster after quitting her role hosting Seven's Sunrise last month

‘I’m loving this long-form journalism. There’s a real freedom to it’: Samantha, 44, (pictured) gushed over the ‘freedom’ offered by her new career as a podcaster after quitting her role hosting Seven’s Sunrise last month

‘People seem to be enjoying the podcast and I’m really thrilled with how many people are tuning in,’ she added.  

Samantha’s podcast was launched last month, and was in the top five on the Australian podcast charts at the time.

‘I’m loving this long-form journalism. There’s a real freedom to it. It’s really just like having a chat with a mate,’ she explained to Stellar.

'I've had a very good response from everyone': Samantha's podcast was launched in partnership with Stellar, and was in the top five on the Australian podcast charts at the time

‘I’ve had a very good response from everyone’: Samantha’s podcast was launched in partnership with Stellar, and was in the top five on the Australian podcast charts at the time

It’s been four weeks since Samantha sensationally revealed she was quitting Seven’s breakfast show Sunrise in order to reclaim ‘peace’ and ‘calm’ in her life.

She marked her last day on Sunrise on March 11, and broke down in tears during an emotional goodbye.  

As she bid farewell to her viewers, the presenter made special mention of the ‘bullying’ Australian media. 

Gone: Samantha marked her last day on Sunrise on March 11 and broke down in tears during an emotional farewell

Gone: Samantha marked her last day on Sunrise on March 11 and broke down in tears during an emotional farewell

Emotional: Sam, who was supported by her husband, Richard Lavender, and her Sunrise co-hosts on her last day, took aim at the wider Australian media as she bid farewell to viewers

Emotional: Sam, who was supported by her husband, Richard Lavender, and her Sunrise co-hosts on her last day, took aim at the wider Australian media as she bid farewell to viewers

‘I do want to say that I never fully understood some of the scrutiny and the snarkiness and the bullying from some aspects of the media,’ she said. 

She continued: ‘But today we move on from that, because there is a new chapter starting and it has been overwhelmingly a good experience in my life.’  

‘Most of all, I thank all of our viewers. You are just wonderful people. There are so many lovely people. So many more lovely ones than the nasty ones.’

New focus: She had announced her resignation live on air in early March, saying she wanted to step back from TV to spend more time with her family

New focus: She had announced her resignation live on air in early March, saying she wanted to step back from TV to spend more time with her family

Sam, who joined Sunrise in 2013, spoke about the toxic environment of the TV industry in an article for the News Corp-owned Stellar magazine in February.

‘There’s a lot about television that’s all about you and that’s an awful way to live your life. TV isn’t a place that’s necessarily very healthy,’ she said.

‘It’s full of sociopaths and narcissists. It can be a dangerous environment, let me tell you.’ 

Sunrise newsreader Natalie Barr was confirmed as Samantha’s permanent replacement on the breakfast show. 

Cha-ching! Sam's last day on Sunrise on March 11, but her $800,000-a-year contract with Seven doesn't expire until October

Cha-ching! Sam’s last day on Sunrise on March 11, but her $800,000-a-year contract with Seven doesn’t expire until October

It's official! Sunrise newsreader Natalie Barr (pictured with co-host David 'Kochie' Koch) was confirmed as Samantha's permanent replacement on the breakfast show last month

It’s official! Sunrise newsreader Natalie Barr (pictured with co-host David ‘Kochie’ Koch) was confirmed as Samantha’s permanent replacement on the breakfast show last month

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