Tracy Grimshaw brutally snubs Ally Langdon at her farewell – amid rumours she’s replacing ACA host
An awkward interaction between Tracy Grimshaw and her rumored A Current Affair replacement, Allison Langdon, has been caught on camera.
Grimshaw wrapped up her 17-year career as host of the show on Thursday night and was sent off to cheers, hugs and well wishes from her Channel Nine colleagues as she left the ACA studio for the last time.
Footage of their farewell at Nine studios shows Grimshaw walking through an honor guard and when Langdon goes to hug her, she appears to reject the hug.
Tracy Grimshaw appeared to reject Allison Langdon’s hug after presenting her latest A Current Affair when her Channel Nine colleagues kicked her out.
After hugging several staff members, including Karl Stefanovic and Peter Overton, Grimshaw walked past Langdon, who had his arms outstretched for a hug.
But Grimshaw brushed past her roughly, seeming to shake his head before hugging another colleague down the hall.
Langdon is heavily tipped to replace Grimshaw as host of the show and Nine is expected to make an announcement next week.
The footage shows Grimshaw walking through an ‘honour guard’ and when Langdon went to hug her, she appeared to reject the hug.
Grimshaw brushed past her roughly, seeming to shake his head before hugging another colleague down the hall.
Kyle Sandilands appeared to confirm that Langdon will replace Grimshaw during an interview with the longtime presenter on Wednesday.
Speaking to Grimshaw on his KIIS FM radio show, the shock jock said he knew he was the host of the Today show.
Kyle claimed that she had had a private conversation with Langdon’s Today show co-host Karl Stefanovic, who has been asking her advice on a possible replacement for her.
“I feel like I know, because I’ve been talking to [Karl] Stefanovic’, he told Grimshaw after questioning her on the issue of his replacement.
‘Well, let me tell everyone that it’s Ally. I’m not trying to burst the Channel Nine bubble.
Sandilands said Stefanovic did not tell her that their chat was “confidential.”
‘Maybe it was a personal talk? I don’t know… But she didn’t ask me not to say anything,’ she continued.
Grimshaw remained coy when asked about the rumors about who would be her replacement, saying all the candidates for the job are “exemplary people.”
Grimshaw was sent off to applause, hugs and well wishes from her Channel Nine colleagues.
“I certainly hope Channel Nine replaces me with a flop,” he joked.
‘But unfortunately they replace me with someone excellent.’
“I can’t give you a clue, but you’ll know very soon,” he added. I wouldn’t be surprised if you found out next week.
During her final show, a tearful Grimshaw thanked Australians for supporting A Current Affair as a host of famous faces said goodbye to the long-time host after 17 years on the show.
The TV veteran was honored by celebrities and everyday Australians whom her show has helped over the years, and her replacement has yet to be announced.
The host, who has interviewed Oprah, Ellen Degeneres, Celine Dion and Sharon Stone over her 40-year career, was presented with a bouquet of flowers as she told viewers they would “soon” find out who would take her place.
“I’m terrible with the GB word, you know, the one that ends with ‘bye’ and starts with ‘fine’ because I’m going to whine and everyone knows it won’t be pretty,” Grimshaw said.
“But seriously, when I started here, my bosses at the time were saying they didn’t like interviews that were longer than four minutes because you’d get bored.
And now look at us. The whole show gets to do interviews like that because you’ve told us you love them. Thanks for watching.’
A tearful Grimshaw was presented with a bouquet of flowers while taunting viewers that they would find out “soon” who would take her place in A Current Affair.
Grimshaw paid tribute to the entire Channel Nine team and gave a special shout out to ‘Daria’, who said she has done her auto-cue since the Today Show.
A number of high-profile Australians paid tribute to Grimshaw, with colleagues praising his journalistic skill and ability to connect with everyday Australians.
Anthony Albanese, Hamish and Andy, Kyle Sandilands, Ita Buttrose, John Howard, Ray Hadley and Leigh Sales were just some of the familiar faces.
Albanese asked if Australian television would ever be the same again, while Kyle Sandilands applauded Grimshaw for always putting his guests at ease.
During his final episode, Grimshaw spoke to flood victims in Eugowra, in the mid-west New South Wales town, who received a $50,000 donation from Coles live-on-air.
Former 7:30 presenter Leigh Sales and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said goodbye to Grimshaw on Thursday night, with Albanese asking if Australian television would ever be the same again.
The show took a trip down memory lane, returning to some of Grimshaw’s most notable interviews, including Sue and Lloyd Clarke, the parents of domestic violence victim Hannah Clarke, the Irwin family, and Olivia Newton John.
Grimshaw’s emotional farewell comes just weeks after the former Today presenter arrived in Melbourne to film her “very special hometown episode” which aired last week.
In September, the veteran host announced that she would be leaving A Current Affair, later revealing that she was planning to take a year off to alter her work-life balance.