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Sunrise’s Samantha Armytage lashes out at The Sunday Tele journalist as she takes leave from Sunrise

Sunrise’s Samantha Armytage has taken to Instagram to slam News Corp Australia columnist Annette Sharp for her “consistently wrong” reporting. The attack followed an article published in The Sunday Telegraph, in which Sharp reported ongoing tensions between Armytage and co-host David Koch. Armytage is currently on leave from the show.

It isn’t the first time Armytage has called Sharp’s reporting into question. The Sunrise host used Instagram earlier in the year to draw attention to Sharp’s “creepy, nasty, menacing and mean obsession” with her.

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There’s a very odd woman who works for one of the Sunday papers. Her name is Annette Sharp (above) & she’s been obsessed with me for 8+ years in a kind of creepy, nasty, menacing, mean way. I don’t know her from a bar of soap, but she seems a dreadful bit of gear. She is certainly no friend to women & most worrying for someone in her position, she simply makes stuff up. Today she wrote some more crap about me (& @soniakruger who I like a lot, admire immensely, welcome back to 7 with open arms & who does a FAR better job covering a red carpet than me!) I usually rise above her rubbish (as I was raised to do with bullies) but this year I’ve decided to call out her bullsh*t. Weekly, if necessary. I thank her for saying I’m glowing this year. I am. My life is happy at work and outside it. Which is more than I can say for her, it seems. And I ask her to refrain from calling me Sammy. That’s only for my friends. If you don’t like my peaches Annette, don’t shake my tree. I write this for all the girls (& boys!) out there, to stand up to bullies & bullsh*t artists in 2020. I’ll see you all bright & early tomorrow @sunriseon7 , when @kochie_online & I will be joined by the Uber-glam @soniakruger for the Oscars 🎉

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Armytage has taken leave from her role at Sunrise due to an ongoing ‘respiratory illness’, which she says is a result of her work during the bushfire crisis.

Network director of news and public affairs for Seven, Craig McPherson, supported Armytage in a statement.

“Sam as we know has been battling a respiratory illness for months. We decided it best for her to take leave to rest and recover and come back 100%, which she is doing,” said McPherson.

“The Sunrise team is very supportive of Sam’s situation but like the rest of the world are far more focused on the coronavirus crisis and keeping Australia informed.”

Armytage announced her leave in an Instagram story, saying she did not have the coronavirus (COVID-19) but that her current health issues have left her ‘worried’.

The story Armytage took issue with ran in The Sunday Telegraph, a title Armytage writes for

However, a story which ran in The Sunday Telegraph written by Sharp and Briana Domjen reported ‘tensions’ on the Sunrise set and said Armytage’s absences throughout 2020 were related to her fighting for a four-day work agreement. The story included McPherson’s comment about Armytage’s illness.

Armytage shared screenshots of a message she sent Sharp, inviting the journalist to contact her in a bid to provide ‘facts’ for the stories.

“I am not sure where you get your information from, but it’s consistently wrong,” reads the message.

“I gave up my Christmas holidays to cover the bushfires and the consistent exposure to smoke has left me with a respiratory infection, which is impossible to shake when you get up at 3am each day.”

The Instagram story post which Armytage posted today [click to enlarge]

“I am NOT off contract at the end of 2020. No social media posts have been deleted (insta [sic] stories delete themselves after 24 hours.) And I have NEVER asked 7 for a 4 day week.”

The second half of the Instagram story [click to enlarge]

Armytage is a columnist for The Sunday Telegraph. She has previously targeted other media outlets over their reporting about her, including saying there was a ‘special place in hell’ for Woman’s Day staffers and asking for a boycott of The Daily Mail.

Update, Sunday 22nd March, 6:41pm: 

Annette Sharp has responded to the post from Armytage, saying she stands by the story and denying she dislikes Armytage.

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