Many Australians around the country wake up every morning to David “Kochie” Koch hosting Sunrise, although the 62-year-old revealed he almost quit his hosting gig.
In an exclusive interview with Stella magazine over the weekend, the father-of-four revealed just how close he was to giving up the job he’s had since 2002. In fact, it was around this time last year he intended to give his notice.
“I thought this would be our [my] last year doing Sunrise,” he said. “I was wondering whether it was time for a change by Seven disagreed, so it was good.”
In the interview, the financial journalist explained that he has at least another two years as a host of Sunrise and negotiated a four-day work week. He also explained that he sometimes shares too much about his personal life on air and that his wife Libby is often unimpressed by what he shares about the family with Australia.
And, in honour of Grandparent’s Day, Kochie also appeared in a special photoshoot for Stella with his grandchildren. The proud grandfather shared some of the photographs on Twitter with his followers. In the photographs, he and Libby could be seen happily playing with his grandchildren in the backyard.
Thanks @stellarmag for featuring Libby & I (& our tribe) to celebrate Grandparent’s Day. They’re a very special part of our life. Love the photos. Libby says she appreciates soft lens to hide wrinkles. I told her that’s way I see her everyday…with my glasses off????. Thanks again pic.twitter.com/MUFP62y1uA
— David Koch (@kochie_online) October 27, 2018
“Thanks @stellarmag for featuring Libby & I (& our tribe) to celebrate Grandparent’s Day,” he wrote. “They’re a very special part of our life. Love the photos.”
He also joked that the photos did a great job of hiding his wrinkles.
“Libby says she appreciates soft lens to hide wrinkles,” he continued. “I told her that’s way I see her everyday…with my glasses off. Thanks again.”
His interview with Stella wasn’t the first time Kochie has spoken about his time on TV. He previously spoke to Starts at 60 about working in television and said he always knew it was “sort of a bit of a bulls*** job”.
“It’s not like saving lives or working in emergency services, that kind of stress is huge,” he explained. “People in TV can get so carried away, it’s ridiculous, they can live in this bubble. That’s why I don’t socialise much in TV circles, I’m lucky that I’ve got a lot of other different outlets that I rely on and give me that stability.”
He added that working in TV is a privilege that many people don’t get to experience.
““It’s a privileged life that 99.9 per cent of other Australians can’t enjoy, and rather than see it as a right of life, you should see it as an absolute privilege,” he added. “Of course stress is there, but it’s how you cope with it and think of life.”
Koch currently hosts Sunrise alongside Samantha Armytage.