Friday 25 November 2022 02:56 AM ABC's Tony Armstrong, Michael Rowland mock Tracy Grimshaw's A Current Affair ... trends now
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,