Sunrise host David ‘Kochie’ Koch reveals he was ‘almost fired’ from the breakfast show for ‘demeaning the news brand of Seven’ before Kerry and Ryan Stokes saved his job
David ‘Kochie’ Koch created a two-decade-long legacy as a Sunrise host, but has sensationally claimed the ride was almost over just moments after it began.
The television presenter, 67, who will retire from the breakfast show next week, revealed the fateful moment Channel Seven executives tried to fire him on Hit Queensland’s Cliffo & Bronte on Friday.
He said the higher-ups wanted to fire him not long after he first landed the coveted gig because he tried to make too many ‘demeaning’ changes.
‘When we changed the opening of the show from “This is Sunrise with Melissa Doyle and David Koch” to “Mel and Kochie”, the News Director of Channel Seven came down and said, “You can’t do that because it’s demeaning to the news brand of Seven,”‘ Kochie said.
‘And about a year later, the then Managing Director of Seven recommended to the board that they fire me because I had an opinion and that was bad for the news brand.’
David ‘Kochie’ Koch, 67, (pictured) created a two-decade-long legacy as a Sunrise host, but the long-time anchor almost lost it all when Channel Seven executives tried to fire him
The journalist went on to say Seven bosses Kerry and Ryan Stokes swooped in to save his job, refusing to fire him because they were ‘very happy’ with the changes Kochie made.
It comes just a few days after Daily Mail Australia exclusively revealed Matt ‘Shirvo’ Shirvington will be crowned as Kochie’s successor after a three-year plan to prepare him for the top job.
Insiders revealed he will have his role made official on Monday, June 5, four days before Kochie films his final show as Sunrise host.
The television presenter revealed higher-ups wanted to fire him not long after he first landed the coveted gig because he tried to make too many ‘demeaning’ changes. Pictured with co-host Melissa Doyle in the early years of Sunrise
The new appointment follows a carefully curated training process for the popular television presenter, 44, who is widely liked by Seven’s top executives and viewers.
It’s understood Kochie himself has given Shirvo his ‘blessing’.
‘David believes Matt is a great fit and thinks he will do a fantastic job,’ an insider told Daily Mail Australia.
The journalist went on to say Kerry and Ryan Stokes swooped in to save his job, refusing to fire him because they were ‘very happy’ with the changes Kochie made
They continued: ‘He’s been filling in for David for a few years now and has earned his stripes. Viewers like him and he is very well-regarded internally so it’s a natural step up for him.’
Shirvo was earmarked for the job back in 2020 when he took part in Seven’s Olympic coverage team – a role he carried well in the delayed Games in 2021 and one that inevitably earned him his ‘hosting stripes’.
He also cut his teeth with hosting roles on the the mini-golf games show Holey Moley and Ultimate Tag which, while not a hit in the ratings, provided more evidence he had the ‘chops’ to handle a major format.
Shirvo, who has spent the past two years waiting in the wings as Sydney’s weekend sports presenter, will soon begin the daily 3am wake-up call slog – one of several factors which ultimately led to Kochie’s decision to step down after 21 years.
It comes just a few days after Daily Mail Australia exclusively revealed Matt ‘Shirvo’ Shirvington, 44, (pictured) will be crowned as Kochie’s successor after a three-year plan to prepare him for the top job