With his never-ending air miles and live broadcasts from the country’s top destinations, Sunrise weatherman Sam Mac might be the envy of many Channel Seven viewers.
But when one suggested he did “very little”, the popular presenter offered a brilliant response.
A letter, signed by Neill Woodcroft, was published in Adelaide’s Sunday Mail newspaper questioning “what he does for the rest of the day”.
“I had to smile when Sunrise’s Sam Mac recently said he’d had a fantastic week,” Mr Woodcroft wrote.
“Well, of course he would say that after being in the Hunter Valley all week. But what does he actually do?
“It seems to me very little, except for giving the weather temperatures and telling viewers if it’s going to be raining or sunny.”
Mr Woodcroft wrote how Sam appeared to have all the perks.
“Not a bad job: getting paid while enjoying free accommodation, meals and, I presume, airfares,” he wrote.
“I’d like to know what he does for the rest of the day.”
But, the typically good-humoured Sam took it on the chin and wrote his reply via his 150,000 Instagram followers.
“I must commend you on your accurate summary of my role as a Weatherman, ie telling people the weather. Well spotted Sir. You got me,” he wrote.
Despite his critic’s letter, Sam insisted he wasn’t only “basking in the glory” of paid hotels, meals and flights.
“I like to spend the rest of the day partaking in my favourite hobbies… Stone skipping, latin dancing, managing the anxiety of having to decide which jar to put my local matters bottle top in at Grill’d, collecting navel fluff, breakfast tv cosplay (aka “Kochplay”), beatboxing, downloading podcasts I have no intention of listening to, quilting, learning national anthems on the flute, & if there’s anytime left over, I like to write snide letters to my local newspapers,” he wrote.
And, as for Mr Woodcroft…
“How about you Neill? What do YOU do for the rest of the day?” he asked.
The letter gave Sunrise hosts David Koch and Natalie Barr a laugh on air, with Barr joking about how “Neill is all of us”.