See Samantha Armytage’s flirty interview with Matt Wright as Outback Wrangler flies to police arrest

As Outback Wrangler Matt Wright flies to Darwin to answer a Northern Territory police warrant over the helicopter crash death of his friend Chris Wilson, video has emerged of his very flirty interview with Samantha Armytage.

Wright, then aged 29, and the former Channel 7 star travelled to remote Litchfield National Park to catch a massive rogue crocodile described as ‘ a killing machine’ that was taking people, livestock and even other crocs.

The dramatic 30-minute story for the Sunday Night program saw the sparks fly between the hunky blue-eyed croc hunter and a then single 34-year-old Armytage who gushed about Wright’s croc-hunting skills.

The team filmed by Channel 7 in 2011 is believe to have included ‘Willow’ Wilson, who appeared with Wright on National Geographic’s Outback Wrangler for more than 10 years before his death.  

On February 28, Mr Wilson was killed when the helicopter operated by Wright’s Helibrook company and from which he was hanging 30 metres below collided with trees and the ground in west Arnhem Land.

The father of two was attached to a line by a harness so he could harvest eggs from crocodile nests while the helicopter hovered above, but it crashed, killing him, and seriously injuring the pilot.

Armytage and Wright had flirty exchange while on remote assignment in Litchfield National Park as he attempted to catch a massive killer crocodile

When the Channel 7 star caught up with the hunky croc hunter a few years later ansd posted this snap on Instagram, many remarked that there was chemistry and a romantic connection, but it was denied

When the Channel 7 star caught up with the hunky croc hunter a few years later ansd posted this snap on Instagram, many remarked that there was chemistry and a romantic connection, but it was denied

Police will allege Matt Wright rushed to the crash site in another helicopter and tampered with evidence.

In Sam Armytage’s TV trek to hunt down crocodiles, she also dangles by a harness from a helicopter over croc-infested waters before being taken by Wright out on a boat to wrangle the creatures.

On assignment the pair got along like a house on fire, with several exchanges between the two openly flirtatious, such as when Wright responds to Armytage’s question about the habits of the killer croc, ‘I guess he’s a croc who fights for his territory and I guess,’ he says, smirking, ‘his woman as well’.

When the former Sunrise reporter asks why such ‘a gorgeous guy’ as him is still single, Wright smiles at her. 

 ”I move too much, travel. I’ve had relationships but at the end of the day,” he says, his eyes twinkling, ‘it slows you down.’

Four years later, when Armytage posted a photo of on Instagram of her meeting up with him at Crown Resorts, television fans went into a frenzy of speculation about the pair being a ‘good-looking couple’ with ‘undeniable chemistry’.

Sam Armytage (above) gushed about Matt Wright's skills in trapping the 'world's biggest croc' although they left without catching the 'killing machine' which Armytage said left Wright 'deflated'

Sam Armytage (above) gushed about Matt Wright’s skills in trapping the ‘world’s biggest croc’ although they left without catching the ‘killing machine’ which Armytage said left Wright ‘deflated’

The Outback Wrangler told Sam that the croc fought for his territory 'and his woman as well'

Blue eyes twinkling, Matt Wright had a few flirty exchanges with Sam Armytage in between croc wrangling

In one exchange Sam asked the croc wrangler about the massive animal and he replied, ‘I guess he’s a croc who fights for his territory and I guess,’ he said, smirking, ‘his woman as well’ 

Armytage in a helicopter with Wright in 2011 when she also dangled from it while hovering over shark-infested waters in the Northern Territory

Armytage in a helicopter with Wright in 2011 when she also dangled from it while hovering over shark-infested waters in the Northern Territory

The archival Channel 7 program on Matt Wright begins with hosts Mike Munro and Natalie Barr explaining there is ‘the world’s biggest’ crocodile spooking locals in remote NT and that Samantha Armytage had choppered in.

Footage then showed her suspended from a helicopter and crocodiles in the waters below before she is dropped onto a bank to wait for wrangler, on whose arrival also by helicopter Armytage remarks, ‘he sure knows how to make an entrance’.

Clambering down and loping towards her, Wright says, ‘you wanna go catch a crocodile’ and when she smiles back, he says with a grin, ‘I’ll take that as a yes’. 

They climb into a boat. Armytage explains the crocodiles ‘are everywhere, since hunting was banned in the Northern Territory in 1971, their numbers have boomed’.

Wright takes Armytage to a croc-catching spot, explains the trap-setting mechanics, Armytage dons an Akubra and gushes to the camera that this ‘is like a military operation’.

Outback Wrangler Matt Wright (above) had a flirty encounter with Samantha Armytage when she joined him on an outback croc hunt in the Northern Territory

Outback Wrangler Matt Wright (above) had a flirty encounter with Samantha Armytage when she joined him on an outback croc hunt in the Northern Territory 

The former Sunrise star, who now presents The Farmer Wants A Wife (above) was still single and looking for love when the sparks flew between her and croc hunter Wright

The former Sunrise star, who now presents The Farmer Wants A Wife (above) was still single and looking for love when the sparks flew between her and croc hunter Wright

Armytage (red shirt) and a muddy Wright contend with a 'smaller' crocodile in the NT before a night encounter with a bigger croc left her in tears

Armytage (red shirt) and a muddy Wright contend with a ‘smaller’ crocodile in the NT before a night encounter with a bigger croc left her in tears

In one exchange with Wright in 2011, Armytage said 'you're gorgeous , why are you still single?' Both the TV star and the croc hunter have since married , Wright pictured with his wife  Kaia and baby daughter on Tuesday flying to Darwin

In one exchange with Wright in 2011, Armytage said ‘you’re gorgeous , why are you still single?’ Both the TV star and the croc hunter have since married , Wright pictured with his wife  Kaia and baby daughter on Tuesday flying to Darwin

By day they wrangle a couple of ‘smaller’ crocodiles, one 2.5m long which Wright duct tapes its snout and when Sam asks what it would do to a human, he replies ‘it would just twist any limb off your body’.

When she asks if he ‘still gets scared’ he replies with a big come-hither grin, ‘more so adrenalin, I guess it’s a calculated risk …  not too bad.’ 

They go hunting at night and when Wright and his team get a big croc, Armytage panics and begins crying.

After Wright fails to catch the massive rogue croc, Armytage says he ‘is deflated’ and he is pictured swimming with a large snake as she says in a voiceover, ‘you’re a gorgeous guy, why are you still single?’

Wright’s reply, after he has scrubbed off the mud and the croc dirt and changed into a clean, ironed shirt is that he’s too busy wrangling.

‘You haven’t changed since I last saw you,’ Sam laughed, batting her eyelids. ‘Still rolling your eyes about women.’

Sam Armytage asked Matt Wright (above, together searching for crocs) why such a gorgeous man was still single, to which he replied 'it slows you down'

Sam Armytage asked Matt Wright (above, together searching for crocs) why such a gorgeous man was still single, to which he replied ‘it slows you down’ 

Chris 'Willow' Wilson (above) appeared with Wright on National Geographic's Outback Wrangler for more than ten years before dying in a helciopter crash while collecting dinosaur eggs

Chris ‘Willow’ Wilson (above) appeared with Wright on National Geographic’s Outback Wrangler for more than ten years before dying in a helciopter crash while collecting dinosaur eggs

‘Yeah,’ he says with another big smile and a laugh.

‘Is there anything that scares you besides being pinned down by a woman?’ she then questions. 

In 2015 when Armytage thrilled her Sunrise fans with the photo of herself with Wright, she captioend the image, ‘He was a long way from the NT, & the only crocs for miles were the handbag variety .. But look who I bumped into at @crownresorts on Friday!!? My old mate @mattwright1 !!’.

Instagram comments included ‘you look great together,’ and ‘always thought you guys had a spark’, plus ‘Ooh lah lah!! He is gorgeous Sam!! You look so comfortable together’.

Matt Wright with his wife Kaia (above) have a young son and a newborn baby daughter together

Matt Wright with his wife Kaia (above) have a young son and a newborn baby daughter together

Former Sunrise star Sam Armytage with her husband Richard Lavender who she married in December 2020

Former Sunrise star Sam Armytage with her husband Richard Lavender who she married in December 2020 

 A representative for Matt Wright immediately shot down speculation about a romance, saying they were just friends.

‘Sam Armytage is a friend of Matt Wright since Sunday Night covered a story on Matt’s Nat Geo series Outback Wrangler 5 years ago,’ the rep told Daily Mail Australia at the time.  

 Both Armytage and Wright have since married other people, with the TV star marrying Richard Lavender in December 2020 and quitting Sunrise, but signing up for Seven’s The Farmer Wants a Wife.

Matt Wright married his wife Kaia and the couple have a ten-day-old baby daughter, Dusty Faith, who travelled with him to Darwin on Tuesday as he returns to respond to the NT Police warrant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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