Sunrise host and Port Adelaide president David Koch’s night out at the Brownlow Medal on Monday set social media on fire thanks to a brief but entertaining interview with the Seven Network’s Brian Taylor.
Viewers watching Seven’s broadcast from the AFL awards night were concerned Koch wouldn’t be awake in time for his 5.30am Sunrise broadcast the next morning, joking he was “blitzed”.
“Will Kochie be on Sunrise tomorrow? Sounded pretty jolly just then!” one Twitter user pondered.
But while the longtime host was in fact a no-show on Tuesday morning, a Seven spokesperson said the footy fanatic was not scheduled to appear.
“David had always planned to attend [the] Brownlow and have today off,” they said.
— Michelle (@mishfit23) September 25, 2017
Bwaaaaahahahahahah Kochie's blitzed #brownlow
— Shane B (@ShaneB19) September 25, 2017
Kochie set to do Sunrise live from the #Brownlow
— dave yer legs (@cricketflog) September 25, 2017
A relaxed Koch set off a stream of Twitter missives when he jumped into an interview Taylor was conducting with Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley to joke the pair were “dating”.
“Look at you two, you’re in love again!” Taylor exclaimed as Koch embraced Hinkley.
“Not again!” Koch retorted, insisting the pair had never been on bad terms.
“There was a slight hiccup there,” Taylor continued.
“No! You were blowing it up as a hiccup, we weren’t,” Koch said.
— AFL on 7 (@7AFL) September 25, 2017
Koch’s relationship with Hinkley has been strained at times, with the former admitting his controversial comments following the club’s finals exit created “tension” between the pair.
Koch addressed Port Adelaide’s players following a tense defeat against West Coast before telling the club’s members that he questioned Hinkley’s player selection.
Despite speculation that Hinkley would walk, amid interest from the Gold Coast, he signed a three-year contract extension – tying him to the club until 2021 – earlier this month.
Despite his celebratory mood the night before, Koch managed to get up early enough on Tuesday morning to appear on Adelaide radio station Five AA’s breakfast show.