Logie-winning ABC News Breakfast host Tony Armstrong breaks his silence on rumours he was asked to be The Bachelor
Rumours have been swirling that Tony Armstrong is going to be the next star of The Bachelor.
But on Tuesday, the AFL player-turned-ABC News Breakfast sports presenter denied claims he was going to appear on the dating show.
‘They [producers] might have got onto my management but it never got to me,’ Tony told the Herald Sun at the 2022 Logie Awards.
ABC breakfast host Tony Armstrong has addressed rumours he’s going to become the next Bachelor
‘I get anxiety just walking down here [the Logies red carpet] so I can’t imagine dating on TV.’
Tony has for several months been one of the bookies’ favourites to hand out roses as the next Bachelor.
Speculation went into overdrive when the TV host announced he was taking time off work for an unspecified project in May.
The AFL player-turned-ABC News Breakfast sports presenter denied claims he was going to appear on the dating show
While he didn’t reveal his plans for the break, his co-anchor Rowland made a telling remark about Armstrong’s mind being elsewhere during his last day at work.
‘We’ve given Tony a break from presenting his final sports report because your mind is starting to turn… elsewhere as you finish your shift today,’ he said.
Choosing his words carefully, Armstrong replied: ‘It’s, er… I’m, er, taking a few weeks off the News Brekky couch. The great Catherine Murphy will be filling in for me.’
‘I get anxiety just walking down here [the Logies red carpet] so I can’t imagine dating on TV,’ he said
The ABC has a long history of sharing talent with Channel 10, with the likes of Todd Sampson and Waleed Aly making programs for both networks.
Armstrong is also no stranger to the commercial broadcaster, having appeared on current affairs show The Project several times in the past.
Fans and commentators, including gossip columnist Richard Reid, have long said the charismatic ex-footy player would be perfect for the role.
Casting for The Bachelor’s tenth season began in January, with ‘single women and men between the ages of 21 and 50’ invited to apply.
Tony has for several months been one of the bookies’ favourites to hand out roses as the next Bachelor