David Koch takes to Twitter to respond to Sam Armytage 'stripper heel' story

Sunrise co-host David Koch and Sam Armytage have defended themselves against an article that claimed he 'humiliated' her in an online fashion segment.

The response was sparked after Mamamia Editor-in-Chief Jamila Rizvi posted the article on Twitter with the comment, 'Dear Kochie. Presenting your co-host with a stripper pole live on air is so far from the realm of OK.'

Koch slammed the Mamamia article claiming that it made him out to be 'an old grub'.


Koch was quick to respond and point out that some parts of the article had been amended after publication, including the claim that Koch 'did it live. On the air. In front of four hundred thousand odd viewers.'

The video is part of a daily online segment called,'Sunrise Style', which outlines what the hosts are wearing each day.

It is filmed during ad breaks of the shows taping and is ad-libbed.

In the video, Sam talks about receiving comments about her new shoes looking like 'stripper heels' as Kochie walks in on cue with a pole.

After claiming that his post had been banned from the Mamamia article he took a screenshot of his reply and sent it out to his 82,501 Twitter followers.

In a matter of hours he received over 100 retweets and @JamilaRazvi began trending in Australia.

Sam Armytage also took to Twitter and radio to respond to the article after it stated that she appeared 'uncomfortable' with the situation.

She also coined the hashtag #strippergate as she donned her 'afternoon shoes' in a tongue-in-cheek tweet.

Sunrise Executive Producer Michael Pell laughed off the media attention saying, "It's just a bit of fun. It certainly gave us all a good laugh. If any strippers have been offended by this video, we sincerely apologise."


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  1. Graham S10:27am Thursday 13th March 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Goodbye Colonel Klink ..... Stick to what you know best ..... accounting . You have a unusually sarcastic and offensive sense of "humour" , which you seem to use to gain attention.....Like most bullies, you storm off set like an emotional cripple when the jokes on you as you demonstrated quite recently ....

  2. coyote02:41pm Friday 24th January 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    strange how reality mimicks art...........a quote from Graham Chapman: Monty Python............"I think all righthtinking people in this country are sick and tired of being told that ordinary, decent people are fed up in this country with being sick and tired. I'm certainly not! And I'm sick and tired of being told that I am. " ..............and Koschie, you're #$%$ (that's from me, not Monty Python btw)

  3. Jenny10:35pm Thursday 23rd January 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Sam did not show that she was in control and completely ok with the stunt the moment she said "you're so mean" to Koch as he brought out the pole. That does not show a strong woman. It looks more like a push over and does nothing to combat the "helpless woman" stereotype.

  4. d07:48pm Thursday 23rd January 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    I watch sunrise every morning and I like both Kochie and Sam. I think they are both great presenters. But I must admit, the whole stripper thing was a bit beneath you and making a big deal of what someone said in some blog just made it worse.

  5. Gordon05:52pm Thursday 23rd January 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    When Talent Shows have pole dancing,male and female dancers they are on general exhibition TV time too and hosted as an act with stripper connotations,hundreds of millions of people view this and millions more children watching than Sunrise,and Unless you tell a child what it means they Don't Know and if they did know before hand then they Knew from somewhere else. You have not written of these Shows aired Oh narcissists,check the last few years talent shows. Pole dancing is a talent now,with or without stripper music,your trying to make it smutty all over by qualifying it to one audience ,degrading 98% women and men who do it for a living and professional and it is legal.

  6. Irene03:25pm Thursday 23rd January 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    It's the ethics of the practice that you have introduced that is of concern - you have a large following of people, including children who are digital natives & anything you put on the web is read by people of all ages & for this reason requires a lot of consideration. You both are role models, your body language and verbal language will be scrutinized and interpreted - hence you are accountable in ensuring that your body language is ethically sound & introducing 'strippers shoes' & play acting around a 'stripper pole' relates to the ethics of the practice of stripping - talking about this in your home, maybe in the work tea room, maybe at the bar / pub / restaurant for dinner is fine - I would like to see you have more consideration about not putting these type of innuendos onto an official website. Have an awesome evening & look forward to sunrise tomorrow morning

  7. Gordon02:12pm Thursday 23rd January 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Yes Kochi and Sam, Your idiosyncratic humor makes me laugh and many other people and i did have a chuckle when you came out with the pole and at no stage did i think it was at all out of line or character. Great Add Lib. I enjoy your show. These narcissists have written complete derogatory dribble trivia, having a problem with their lack of HONESTY and STARDOM,having now fallen into the grate of deception and lies,by twisting the good,truth and lightheartedness. Stay under your narcissistic grate and behave. I am annoyed at narcissistic do goooooder's thinking smut behavior,grow up. Keep up the great show Kochi and Sam. All about some Shiny Shoes,i thought they were very disco with a pole. They looked good Sam. Come'on 2014

  8. Paul12:31pm Thursday 23rd January 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    having a rough time deciding which am news show is worse - channel 10 with james mathieson's rohypnol smuggness at their "freshwater hideaway" -- or kochie the self opinionated tosser ?????? i am opting channel 10 at the moment any takers

  9. karen11:49am Thursday 23rd January 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    goodness i think these peoples humor has gone and left them and they have no idea on how to enjoy themselves god help if they watch a Benny Hill rerun get a life enjoy it chill Kochie was not being insulting he was having a joke with Sam and she was reacting the same as him

  10. Twochairs10:38am Thursday 23rd January 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    too many politically correct do-gooders out there. Get a life people.