Mel Doyle returns to Sunrise nine years after being replaced by Sam Armytage

Melissa Doyle RETURNS to Sunrise almost a decade after being pushed out to make way for Sam Armytage

Melissa Doyle made her long-awaited return to Sunrise on Thursday morning.

The beloved Channel Seven personality was all smiles as she reunited with her former co-anchor David ‘Kochie’ Koch.

Mel, 52, wasn’t back in the hosting chair, however, but was instead promoting her new role as the presenter of the This Is Your Life reboot.

Melissa Doyle made her long-awaited return to Sunrise on Thursday morning. The beloved Channel Seven personality was all smiles as she reunited with former co-anchor David Koch

Melissa Doyle made her long-awaited return to Sunrise on Thursday morning. The beloved Channel Seven personality was all smiles as she reunited with former co-anchor David Koch

‘It’s just time for feel-good, warm nostalgia,’ she said of This Is Your Life, which last aired on Channel Nine in 2011.  

‘I think we all need a big warm hug, so hopefully that’s what it’ll do.’

Mel also gave an update on her personal life, revealing her son Nick is now 21 and studying abroad, while her daughter Tully, 18, just started university.

‘They were all born during the show!’ Kochie exclaimed.

‘I know,’ Mel replied. ‘Everyone knows them since they were tiny little babies. It’s nice to come back and see you guys.’

Mel, 52, wasn't back in the hosting chair, however, but was instead promoting her new role as the presenter of the This Is Your Life reboot. (Pictured on Sunrise with Kochie and Kylie Gillies)

Mel, 52, wasn’t back in the hosting chair, however, but was instead promoting her new role as the presenter of the This Is Your Life reboot. (Pictured on Sunrise with Kochie and Kylie Gillies) 

Mel hosted Sunrise from 2002 until 2013, when she was replaced by Sam Armytage (pictured)

Mel hosted Sunrise from 2002 until 2013, when she was replaced by Sam Armytage (pictured) 

Mel hosted Sunrise from 2002 until 2013, when she was replaced by Sam Armytage. 

She’s been busy this year, recently presenting Nine’s observational prison series Australia Behind Bars, but has returned to Seven to host This Is Your Life.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph in April, Mel said she was ‘honoured to continue the legacy of such an iconic program’.

Based on the original American format, This Is Your Life showcases the life of a guest celebrity, sports star, performer or high achiever in a certain discipline each episode, with contributions from family and friends.

It was announced in August 2020 that Melissa would be leaving Seven after an incredible 25 years with the network. (Pictured with Kochie in August 2013)

It was announced in August 2020 that Melissa would be leaving Seven after an incredible 25 years with the network. (Pictured with Kochie in August 2013)

This Is Your Life premiered on Seven in 1975 with journalist Mike Willesee as host. 

It lasted until 1980 with hosts Digby Wolfe and Roger Climpson and was then axed by the network.

It made a return on Nine from 1995 to 2005 and there was another season in 2008.

The program was then taken off the air again for two years before Eddie McGuire helmed a short four-episode run of the series in 2011. 

It was announced in August 2020 that Mel would be leaving Seven after an incredible 25 years with the network.

During her career, she hosted several of Seven’s flagship programs, including Sunrise, Today Tonight, Sunday Night and The Latest.

During her career, Melissa hosted several of Seven's flagship programs, including Sunrise, Today Tonight, 7News, Sunday Night and The Latest

During her career, Melissa hosted several of Seven’s flagship programs, including Sunrise, Today Tonight, 7News, Sunday Night and The Latest 

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