ABC’s Tony Armstrong on the most ‘uncomfortable’ part of being famous
He traded the football field for a career on breakfast television and just scored a Logie Award for Best New Talent.
And while enjoying his newfound success, Tony Armstrong has revealed that there is one aspect of fame he still finds “uncomfortable.”
The ABC personality, 32, told the I have news for you podcast this week he dislikes the commentary about his physical appearance.
While enjoying his newfound success, Logie-winning ABC host Tony Armstrong has revealed there is one aspect of fame he still finds ‘uncomfortable’
Tony, often praised for his good looks, was asked by presenter Rowdie Walden what he thinks of people who say he’s a heart beater.
“It doesn’t necessarily put me at ease, I’d say,” he replied.
“I’m not super comfortable with all the press stuff anyway, but when I’m being talked about and I’m not really there, I just think it’s a little weird.”
The ABC News Breakfast sports host went on to say he’s glad he didn’t become famous until he was 30, because he probably wouldn’t have handled it well when he was younger.
‘I’m lucky I’m a little older. I didn’t get in here at 18, I got in at 32 so I can kind of see it for what it is,” he said.
The 32-year-old (right, with Hamish Blake on Monday) told the I’ve Got News For You podcast this week that he doesn’t like the commentary about his physical appearance.
Tony disappeared into action for hours after winning a Silver Logie at Sunday night’s TV Week Logie Awards.
The former AFL player spent the night partying and failed to show up for work Monday after winning the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent.
ABC Queensland reporter Michael Rennie was tasked with tracking down Tony on the Gold Coast and finally found him just before 7am.
Minutes before Tony showed up, Michael told viewers that he was truly stunned.
Tony disappeared into action for hours after winning a Silver Logie at Sunday night’s TV Week Logie Awards. He was finally discovered on Monday just before 7 a.m
‘I’m looking for him, I’m trying to find him. I haven’t been able to find him yet,” he said as he stood outside Tony’s hotel.
‘We look around the hotel where he is staying. No sign of him yet. Been on the phone a few times. No answer! But I’m sure we’re getting closer to Tony. I think hopefully we can find him by the end of this hour,” he added.
After a long search, Michael was finally able to find Tony outside talking to Gardening Australia presenter Costa Georgiadis.
“I found him – he’s here!” Michael declared as he ran up to a dusty looking Tony and gave him a handshake.
Tony, who seemed quite exhausted, said, “Hey guys, I can’t hear you in the studio, but thank you so much for all the support you’ve given me along the way.”
He went on to admit that he was hungover and had trouble getting up that morning.
“A lot of people wanted to get up quickly this morning, but I couldn’t get up all the way at seven. But [I] managed to get up quickly at eight and here we are,” he said.
A cheerful-looking Tony posed next to actress Deborah Mailman at the TV Week Logie Awards
It comes after Tony backtracked on Twitter trolls who had criticized him for delivering a Welcome to Country at the Logies.
Tony acknowledged the land’s traditional owners as he presented an award with 2022 Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott.
His speech drew backlash from some social media users who accused the Barranbinya man of “waking up” and “virtue signaling.”
“Recognition of the land is a virtue sign that contributes nothing to the well-being of the indigenous people of Australia,” one person wrote on Twitter.
“Especially for a room of coke-sniffing elites. It’s time we dropped this nonsense.’
Tony was raised by his school teacher’s mother and never met his father
Tony returned fire and took out the haters with a blunt and appropriate response.
“Shut up,” he wrote. ‘I am a blackfulla and I am obliged to respect the country I am in.’
His comment sparked an outpouring of support from fans who came to defend him and praised the former AFL player for delivering the Welcome to Country.
“Don’t let him shake you, you are at the beginning of the top of your game, keep growing past this point, there are much better things to do with your amazing energy,” one wrote.
Another said: ‘It’s his prize, he won it. He can say whatever he wants. Do not you like it? You win a prize. You can say whatever you want. Simple really.’
Tony went on to win the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent.
He held an emotional acceptance speech in which he thanked his mother for her continued support throughout his career.
The old cheese my mom she’s a superstar she’s done everything for me and been a superstar and I wouldn’t be here without her so a big thank you to her and please give her a slap she’ll love it back home,” he said.
Tony, a popular winner of Sunday night’s Logie Awards, was crowned Best New Talent