It took just minutes for rumours to surface that a familiar Sunrise face would slide across the desk and step in for Samantha Armytage.
Speculation has already begun on who will replace Sunrise presenter Samantha Armytage after her shock exit from the morning television show.
Armytage has helmed the breakfast television program for eight years alongside veteran presenter David Koch, but announced live on air today that she would be stepping back from her prime time role to take some time and calm things down.
(I want to) enjoy a bit of slow living and spend some time with my precious family and my husband and Banjo, Armytage told listeners.
David Koch could be joined by Natalie Barr as a replacement for Samantha Armytage. Credit: Supplied/Supplied
And while the dust might still be settling, it took just minutes for rumours to surface that Sunrises news anchor Natalie Barr would slide across the desk and step in for the 44-year-old.
Another suggestion that has been floated is Sunrise newsreader Natalie Barr, Credit: Instagram/Instagram
TV Black Box are reporting that trusted sources have confirmed the WA native has been flagged as a replacement a familiar face for viewers and a regular fill in for both Armytage and former Sunrise host Mel Doyle.
But viewers of the show have already chipped in with their own suggestions, with some calling for Doyles return to the show, after her exit in 2013 became the highest rating episode of the program that year.
When Mel Doyle helmed the program she covered the Beaconsfield Mine collapse, the Queensland floods and Royal weddings. Credit: Supplied/SEVEN, Supplied
One user suggested previous Sunrise host Melissa Doyle as a possible replacement. Credit: Instagram/Instagram
Within a matter of minutes Armytages name was trending on Twitter, with some calling for the flagship Seven news program to replace Armytage with a woman of colour.
Wirlomin Noongar author Claire Coleman tweeted I challenge @Sunriseon7 to replace Samantha Armytage with an Indigenous woman or woman of colour.
Other names that have been floated are Angela Cox, Kylie Gillies and Mel McLaughlin all Seven Network presenters.
Could it be time for Seven sports presenter Mel McLaughlin to step up? Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian, Justin Benson-Cooper
Armytages teary announcement this morning triggered an outpouring of support for the media personality on social media and the Sunrise Instagram account, with Big Brother and Holey Moley star Angela Clancy writing that she would miss Armytages hearty laugh.
Fellow Seven personality Angela Clancy shared her thoughts on the presenters depature. Credit: Instagram/Instagram
Such a queen and we will all tune into your podcast, Clancy added.