There’s been tension brewing for weeks, following an on-air clash earlier this month.
And on Tuesday, Sunrise’s David ‘Kochie’ Koch found himself at the centre of yet another tense exchange after being told to ‘shut up’ by his co-host Samantha Armytage.
The Channel Seven stars were once again at odds during a heated segment about how men and women view domestic duties differently and at one point Sam snapped at her co-host.
‘We’re not lazy, we’re too busy doing the mowing,’ said panelist Ben Davis prompting Kochie to interject: ‘And the ironing.’
Clearly unimpressed, Sam shot back: ‘Oh shut up Kochie.’
Moments later, Kochie was still in shock saying: ‘Did you just tell me to shut up? It’s like being at home. I come to work and it’s like being at home.’
In an attempt to diffuse the situation, Sam playfully replied: ‘It’s nice though isn’t it? For work and home to be the same?’
The exchange comes two weeks after Sunrise viewers witnessed an awkward run-in between Kochie and presenter Natalie Barr.
This time the on-air disagreement saw Natalie question the former accountant’s expertise on the housing market, causing Kochie to hit back: ‘Trust me, Nat, I actually know a bit about this.’
The debate began after David had finished presenting a Money Matters segment, arguing the merits of renting while owning investment property to lease in less desirable areas.
After showing a series of figures and graphs, Natalie asked him: ‘One question. Do you know anyone who’s actually done that and actually put all that money away?’
A surprised Kochie responded that he did in fact have one mate who used this tactic, and some of his kid’s friends were renting despite owning investment homes.
‘Because of course if you negatively gear the rental property, the difference is tax deductible. On your mortgage repayments, they’re not deductible,’ Kochie said.
But Natalie wasn’t convinced, arguing: ‘But they’re negatively geared … so in this market they’re losing money, in this climbing Sydney market.’
‘No, no, no, only losing money on the cash,’ Kochie hit back.
‘Trust me, Nat, I actually know a bit about this. I know about this, I’ve done all the calculations, you can throw all the hand grenades you like, but it works.’
Meanwhile Sam kept herself out of the debate, but showed her support by yelling ‘Go Nat!’ from the Sunrise couch.
‘I’m just checking, because it’s a climbing Sydney market, so would they have lost money in this market? Who loses money in this last five years in Sydney in the property market?’ Natalie responded.
Not giving up, Kochie countered: ‘Last month. Last month. What about Perth? What about Perth? You’re not going to win, sorry, Nat.’
As Natalie appeared to be thinking up a comeback, Sam brought her colleagues’ attention back to the news headlines by interjecting: ‘Stop it you two!’
The awkward exchange came after Sam interjected Angela Cox’s entertainment segment on the lawyer’s recent birth of twins, Ella and Alexander, on Wednesday.
‘Come on — I bet she’s already back to her pre-pregnancy weight today,’ she joked.
Mother-of-two Natalie, 49, then quipped: ‘By lunch time!’
The pair also spoke about what Amal’s parenting style would be like.
‘As if Amal would yell,’ Sam suggested humorously.
But David defended the brunette beauty and told the girls they were being ‘nasty’.
‘Now you girls. Give her a break,’ he told both women.
‘You’re being nasty. No, I think she’ll be a lovely mother.’
Screwing up her face, Natalie insisted to Kochie that the pair were merely kidding around.
‘We’re not being nasty. We were joking!’ she exclaimed.