Tony Jones QUITS the Today show after less than a year as sports reporter

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While Georgie Gardner and Deborah Knight have been axed from the Today show, sports presenter Tony Jones insists he is leaving the program by choice.

Tony, 58, officially announced his resignation on Friday, telling the Herald Sun he has been struggling with an 'unsustainable' workload since joining Today in January.

'It's certainly been a wild ride over the past year, but I've thoroughly enjoyed my time working on the Today show,' he told the newspaper.

'Something had to give': Today sports presenter Tony Jones, 58, has quit Nine's breakfast show after struggling with an 'unsustainable' workload

'Something had to give': Today sports presenter Tony Jones, 58, has quit Nine's breakfast show after struggling with an 'unsustainable' workload

'However, I came to the conclusion several months ago that juggling those commitments, together with Nine News, Sunday Footy Show and 3AW was not sustainable,' Tony added. 

'Something had to give,' he concluded. 

Despite stepping down as Today's regular sports correspondent, Tony will still file occasional Melbourne-based stories next year.  

Uncomfortable: His resignation announcement came hours after Tony appeared in a painfully awkward segment on the Today show shortly before 6am. Pictured (left to right): Tom Steinfort, Deborah Knight, Georgie Gardner and Tony Jones

Uncomfortable: His resignation announcement came hours after Tony appeared in a painfully awkward segment on the Today show shortly before 6am. Pictured (left to right): Tom Steinfort, Deborah Knight, Georgie Gardner and Tony Jones

Tony's resignation announcement came just hours after he was involved in a painfully awkward segment on the Today show.

Shortly before 6am on Friday, he became visibly irritated with co-anchors Deborah Knight and George Gardner, rudely shutting down their attempts at

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