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Months after stepping away from Seven’s morning show, the former TV host has made a staggering admission about her time on air.

Samantha Armytage has confessed she was once “drunk” during a live TV cross while hosting Sunrise – and implied it’s much more common than viewers might think.

The former Seven breakfast host spoke about the incident on her podcast, Something To Talk About with Samantha Armytage, during an interview with former rival Karl Stefanovic.

Referencing the Today host’s own infamous post-Logies appearance in 2009.

“I mean, hello, we’ve all been on-air drunk,” Armytage admitted, before telling Stefanovic about a time she recorded a live cross from outside Buckingham Palace for a prior Queen’s jubilee after going “out for lunch”.

“I was sneaky, I didn’t get written up in the papers – nobody knew.”

Armytage co-hosted Sunrise from live outside Buckingham Palace in June 2012 for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

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During the wide-ranging interview, Armytage, 45, who stepped away from the Sunrise desk last year, also opened up about the media scrutiny surrounding the high-profile role, explaining that people “underestimate how fast you have to think” during live TV.

“I learned a few hard lessons,” she told Stefanovic.

“There were some things I said on air that I probably would be cancelled for now, that I got away with. I shouldn’t say ‘got away with’ because they weren’t outrageous, they were perhaps just not popular or conservative so they would be shouted down now.”

While speaking with Armytage, Stefanovic also confirmed he was snubbed by Channel 9 to host its prime time election coverage.

The 47-year-old veteran TV journalist, who has hosted Today since 2005, candidly admitted that he was “upset” at being overlooked for the coveted gig.

Despite a reportedly strong pitch by Stefanovic and his breakfast co-host Allison Langdon to be the faces of the May 21 bulletin, Nine instead went with stalwart presenter Peter Overton and Melbourne newsreader Alicia Loxley.

Stefanovic admitted the snub was disappointing.

“I was upset that I didn’t host the election … It’s kind of like doing all the preliminary games for two years and then missing out on the Super Bowl,” he said.

“But it’s not something you need to articulate in a particularly public fashion: ‘I was really shitty.’ No, no.

“When you’ve been in broadcasting as long as I have, you’re going to get some gigs, you’re not going to get them all.

“You think about it for a while and you go, other people make those decisions … I’ll just stay at home and (shrug it off).”

On the podcast, Stefanovic argued the duo had done “an enormous amount of work” ahead of the election, including interviewing political figures on the show every day during the campaign. Stefanovic also managed to pull off major interviews with both Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese in the lead up to the election for 60 Minutes.


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