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Sunrise host David Koch shares advice for his substitute 

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David Koch has shared an advice for this successor, after he revealed he’s leaving Sunrise after 21 years as co-host.

‘You can not pretend to be someone you usually are not since the viewers will see through you,’ the 67-year-old told The Every day Telegraph

‘Breakfast TV strips you bare, you can not bulls**t. You might have just got to be who you might be because they are going to sniff it out in a flash.

David added that fans of the show might even see the brand new host as a ‘a d***head’ but, ‘That’s the joy of viewers, they really let you understand.’     

The celebrated television host made similar comments to Every day Mail Australia earlier within the day. 

David Koch (pictured) has shared an advice for this successor, after he revealed he’s leaving Sunrise after 21 years as co-host

Koch has not anointed his substitute host at Sunrise but had plenty of recommendation for whoever takes the role, which he calls a way of life as much as a job.

‘I do not have a private pick,’ Koch told Every day Mail Australia of his successor after announcing he was quitting the breakfast television program.

‘But there’s some great next-generation hosts coming through.

‘My biggest advice is just be yourself. Three-and-three-quarter hours of live television day by day strips you bare as a human being.

‘Viewers know you intimately. When you pretend to be someone you are not, they are going to know and it’s going to come back to haunt you.’

Amongst those tipped to take Koch’s position at Sunrise is retired Olympic sprinter and regular fill-in host Matt Shirvington but Koch wouldn’t single out any candidate. 

'You cannot pretend to be somebody you are not because the viewers will see through you,' the 67-year-old said

‘You can not pretend to be someone you usually are not since the viewers will see through you,’ the 67-year-old said

Koch said he had considered leaving this system at the top of last 12 months but decided to carry off his departure after discussions together with his ‘unbelievably supportive’ bosses at Seven.

Network executives had told Koch he had earned the precise to do what he wanted but asked him to remain on for six more months to bed down the transition of a latest host.

That they had also asked that Koch ‘keep a connection’ with the network for the subsequent 18 months. 

‘Why now? It just feels right,’ Koch said of quitting. ‘Almost 21 years, almost 16,000 hours of live TV, that could be a frickin’ very long time.’ 

Koch would spend more time working on his business interests including the Ausbiz finance streaming platform which he said was expanding overseas and ‘near my heart’.  

‘I principally wish to work business hours and I’ve got an enormous family who’ve really supported me for a very long time so it is a time to type of live a more normal life,’ he said.

‘Sunrise is the world’s best job nevertheless it’s also a way of life. It isn’t only a job. It completely takes over your life and I just desire a bit more flexibility.’ 

The celebrated television host made similar comments to Daily Mail Australia earlier in the day

The celebrated television host made similar comments to Every day Mail Australia earlier within the day

Koch said whoever took his seat could expect to face criticism however the quickest road to failure could be pretending to be someone they usually are not.

‘There’s a lot of individuals who have an opinion,’ he said. ‘A lot of individuals who inform you what to think, what to do, the whole thing. 

‘You only be yourself and folks will respect it. 

‘They could not agree with you now and again on what you say and your opinions but they are going to respect you for having your personal opinion and believing in your personal opinion and you may never lose sight of that. 

‘There is not any other timeslot that knows you higher… and you simply cannot fake it.’

Koch attributed much of Sunrise’s ongoing rankings success to the standard of its competitors – Today on the Nine Network and the ABC’s News Breakfast. 

'My biggest advice is just be yourself. Three-and-three-quarter hours of live television every day strips you bare as a human being' he said

‘My biggest advice is just be yourself. Three-and-three-quarter hours of live television day by day strips you bare as a human being’ he said 

‘On this country all three breakfast TV programs, compared with the remainder of the world, are really first-rate,’ he said. ‘It has been highly competitive and that is made us be higher and higher. 

‘The one reason we have won 20 consecutive years of rankings is since the competition has kept us honest.’

Koch said he had received tons of of messages for the reason that announcement of his departure but had not seen one from Today host and longtime rival Karl Stefanonovic.

‘I have never heard from Karlos yet,’ he said. ‘I do not expect to but I’ve all the time had great respect.’ 

Former co-host Melissa Doyle had sent a message but Koch didn’t know if his onetime on-air partner Samantha Armytage had been in contact. 

Current co-host Natalie Barr told Koch this morning: ‘The show wouldn’t be what it’s today without you. It has been a tremendous ride and we’ll have a good time that in the subsequent two weeks.’ 

Koch joined Sunrise to present finance reports in 2002 and in October that year became Chris Reason's replacement when the journalist was diagnosed with cancer

Koch joined Sunrise to present finance reports in 2002 and in October that 12 months became Chris Reason’s substitute when the journalist was diagnosed with cancer

Koch joined Sunrise to present finance reports in 2002 and in October that 12 months became Chris Reason’s substitute when the journalist was diagnosed with cancer. 

Not much was initially  expected of Koch’s pairing with Doyle within the face of Today’s dominance. 

‘Remember after we began this, this was before Facebook,’ Koch said. ‘We were I believe five per cent of the Today show’s audience on the time. 

‘Nobody watched it. Nobody cared about us. Seven executives didn’t care about us.

‘We began in a demountable office within the carpark on the studios at Epping. Nobody gave a toss.

‘And that was the key for us because we were just very quietly capable of try various things, make mistakes, and construct a very loyal audience for which I will be without end grateful.’

Koch was proud to be going out a winner, with Sunrise still dominant. 

‘Everyone desires to do the perfect and have the perfect product that they possibly can,’ he said. ‘And I leave this job with enormous pride in addition to gratitude for being involved in it.’ 

Koch, who has 4 children with wife Libby and is chairman of AFL club Port Adelaide, will leave this system on June 9.

Koch, who has four children with wife Libby and is chairman of AFL club Port Adelaide, will leave the program on June 9

Koch, who has 4 children with wife Libby and is chairman of AFL club Port Adelaide, will leave this system on June 9

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