ABC stars Michael Rowland and Tony Armstrong have brutally mocked Tracy Grimshaw’s iconic farewell from A Current Affair after she awkwardly snubbed her potential successor.
Rowland, who is a co-host on ABC News Breakfast, took to Instagram to recreate the guard of honour given to Grimshaw on Thursday night when she bid farewell to the current affairs program after 17 years.
Grimshaw’s colleagues formed a guard of honour for the esteemed TV journalist, clapping her as she walked out of Nine’s offices for the final time.
But her emotional farewell was marred by a hilariously awkward moment when Allison Langdon, who is widely rumoured to be Grimshaw’s replacement, flung her arms out for a hug.
Grimshaw appeared to shake her head and instead embraced Langdon’s Today Show co-host Karl Stefanovic, giving him a hug and a kiss.
Rowland, who headed off on holidays on Friday, recreated the cringeworthy moment with his fellow ABC presenter Tony Armstrong.
ABC News’ Michael Rowland has brutally mocked Tracy Grimshaw’s iconic goodbye video as he walks through a guard of honour as he leaves to go on holiday
The vision began with Rowland and his colleagues clapping as he walked through the hallway of ABC’s Melbourne studios, with the news anchor high-fiving and hugging his workmates.
Armstrong then opened his arms for a hug but was snubbed by Rowland, who gave him a stern shake of the head and kept walking.
As Rowland carried on hugging and kissing his workmates, Armstrong pretended to be enraged by his colleague’s snub, flipping him off and watching on in horror.
The camera then panned to Armstrong who covered his face with his hands in mock disbelief.
In the video he snubs reporter Tony Armstrong’s embrace, imitating Grimshaw’s awkward encounter with rumoured replacement Allison Langdon , who she swerved a hug from as she left the ACA studio for the last time
The witty Instagram reel was met with a chorus of applause online, including from TV and radio hosts.
‘This is an Oscar winning performance from all involved,’ ABC Radio’s Megan Burslem wrote.
‘Hahahaha Tonyyyyy,’ wrote Channel Nine’s Karl Stefanovic.
Even snubbed Tony Armstrong chipped in on the video saying, ‘Can you believe this guy?’
The parody video comes as Tracy Grimshaw signed off for the last time on Thursday night and was sent off with applause, hugs and well wishes from her Channel Nine colleagues as she walked out of the ACA studio.
Grimshaw gave big hugs to several staff members, including Stefanovic and anchor Peter Overton, but skipped past Langdon.
Tracy Grimshaw appeared to reject Allison Langdon’s hug after presenting her last ever A Current Affair on Thursday night
Speaking on the Today show on Friday morning, Langdon addressed the awkward moment, admitting she ‘didn’t get much sleep’ after the incident.
‘That’s where my heart breaks,’ Langdon said while watching the clip.
‘I’m devastated. I mean, I turned to you at the time going “Tracy Grimshaw just brushed me.” When you get brushed by your hero, I gotta say it hurts.’
Footage of her farewell shows Grimshaw walking through a guard of honour and when Langdon goes in to hug her, she appears to reject the embrace
Grimshaw brutally brushed her, appearing to shake her head
She then hugged Karl Stefanovic who was standing next to Langdon
Stefanovic said Grimshaw had written an apology to Langdon for ignoring her at the guard of honour.
‘Ally, I just watched the guard of honor from last night and I saw you went in to give me a hug,’ Grimshaw said in her statement.
‘And I hugged bloody Karl! I’m sorry I missed you. I was so overwhelmed and obviously didn’t see your petite head once his big boofhead loomed into vision. Big sorry.’
‘Ahh relief!’ Stefanovic sighed, describing the moment one of the ‘greatest snubs on Australian television’.
‘I’m devastated. I mean, I turned to you at the time going “Tracy Grimshaw just brushed me.” When you get brushed by your hero, I gotta say it hurts,’ she said
Langdon is believed to be in line for Grimshaw’s position as A Current Affair host with an announcement rumoured to be made as early as next week.
Kyle Sandilands appeared to confirm Langdon as Grimshaw’s replacement during an interview with the long-running host on Wednesday.
Speaking to Grimshaw on his KIIS FM radio show, the shock jock said he knew the replacement was the Today show host.
Sandilands claimed he’d had a private conversation with Langdon’s Today show co-host Karl Stefanovic, who has been asking him for advice on a potential replacement for her.
‘I feel like I know, because I’ve been speaking to [Karl] Stefanovic,’ he told Grimshaw after grilling her on the topic of her replacement.
‘Well, let me just tell everyone it is Ally. I don’t mean to bust Channel Nine’s bubble.’
Sandilands said Stefanovic didn’t tell him their chat was ‘confidential’.
‘Maybe that was a personal chat? I don’t know… But he didn’t ask me not to say anything,’ he continued.
Grimshaw remained coy when pressed on the rumours as to who will be her replacement, saying every candidate for the job is ‘an exemplary person’.
‘I certainly hope Channel Nine would replace me with a dud,’ she joked.
‘But unfortunately they do replace me with someone excellent.’
‘I can’t possibly give you a hint, but you’ll know very soon,’ she added. ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if you know next week.’
During her final show, a teary Grimshaw thanked Australians for supporting A Current Affair as a slew of famous faces farewelled the long-time host after 17 years on the show.
‘I’m terrible at the GB word, you know, the one that ends in ‘bye’ and starts in ‘good’ because I’ll blub and you all know that won’t be pretty,’ Grimshaw said.