‘I’m just like anybody else’: Kochie on whether he regrets the few ‘stupid’ things he’s said over the years

In the wake of announcing his departure from Sunrise, David ‘Kochie’ Koch has reflected on his time at Brekky Central, saying he has no major regrets and leaves behind a proud legacy.

Speaking on the Mumbrellacast, Koch said in his 21 years co-hosting Seven’s top-rating breakfast show, he has said “some stupid things”.

Kochie and Sunrise co-host Natalie Barr

“There’s always things you regret in life, you regret saying things,” he told Mumbrella. “Doing three and a quarter hours of live TV every day, you’re gonna say some stupid things, or say some things that you might want to take back.

“But I don’t regret any of that because I’m just like anybody else. Everyone has instances of saying things they’d wanna take back, and that’s just the way it is.”

Koch said one thing viewers could always count on was that he doesn’t “pretend to be somebody I’m not.”

“I’ve always tried to just be myself,” he added.

Reflecting on his proudest moment at Sunrise, Koch said the successful evolution of the show’s format over two decades trumps everything else.

“When you think back, when I started, we were five per cent of the Today Show’s audience. No-one watched us and no-one within the network watched us.

“Our production office was a demountable in the car park at Epping. We built a show that sort of became an institution.

“I leave, step down, from the program with an enormous sense of pride and gratitude for being part of it.”

Listen to the full interview in this week’s Mumbrellacast (20:57 mark). 


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