Tracy Grimshaw has spoken out after an awkward interaction between her and her rumoured A Current Affair replacement Allison Langdon was caught on camera.
Footage of Grimshaw walking through a guard of honour after her last ever show on Thursday night shows the TV veteran appearing to reject as hug from Langdon.
Grimshaw explained she was simply ‘flustered’ and caught off guard as her colleagues bid her farewell.
Tracy Grimshaw has spoken out after an awkward interaction between her and her rumoured A Current Affair replacement Allison Langdon was caught on camera
‘It’s come to my attention that some people are seriously suggesting I snubbed Ally here,’ Grimshaw, 62, wrote on Twitter.
‘Of course I didn’t and wouldn’t. I was emotional, flustered and completely overwhelmed and just didn’t see her.’
Grimshaw wrapped up her 17-year run as host on the show on Thursday night and and was sent off with applause, hugs and well wishes from her Channel Nine colleagues as she walked out of the ACA studio for the very last time.
After hugging several staff members, including Karl Stefanovic and Peter Overton, Grimshaw walked by Langdon who had her arms outstretched for an embrace.
Footage of Grimshaw walking through a guard of honour after her last ever show on Thursday night shows the TV veteran appearing to reject as hug from Langdon. Grimshaw explained she was simply ‘flustered’ and caught off guard as her colleagues bid her farewell
But Grimshaw brutally brushed her, appearing to look in her eyes and shake her head before going on to hug Stefanovic.
An insider has since claimed Grimshaw ‘had long disliked Langdon’ and the Today show host had been ‘gunning down her job’ at the network.
‘Tracy simply doesn’t like Ally,’ a source told The Daily Telegraph .
Footage of her farewell shows Grimshaw walking through a guard of honour and when Langdon goes in to hug her, she appears to reject the embrace
Grimshaw brutally brushed her, appearing to shake her head
She then hugged Karl Stefanovic who was standing next to Langdon
‘It is as simple as that. Tracy is not able to pretend, if she doesn’t like someone, she will show it.
‘Ally has made no secret of wanting the hosting job at ACA and that hasn’t gone down well with Tracy.’
Speaking on the Today show on Friday morning, Langdon also addressed the awkward moment, admitting she ‘didn’t get much sleep’ after the incident.
‘That’s where my heart breaks,’ Langdon said while watching the clip.
‘I’m devastated. I mean, I turned to you at the time going “Tracy Grimshaw just brushed me.” When you get brushed by your hero, I gotta say it hurts.’
Stefanovic said Grimshaw had written a statement and apologised to Langdon for snubbing her in the guard of honour.
‘Ally, I just watched the guard of honor from last night and I saw you went in to give me a hug,’ Grimshaw said in her statement.
‘And I hugged bloody Karl! I’m sorry I missed you. I was so overwhelmed and obviously didn’t see your petite head once his big boofhead loomed into vision. Big sorry.’
Speaking on the Today show on Friday morning, Langdon also addressed the awkward moment, admitting that she ‘didn’t get much sleep’ after the incident
‘I’m devastated. I mean, I turned to you at the time going “Tracy Grimshaw just brushed me.” When you get brushed by your hero, I gotta say it hurts,’ she said
‘Ahh relief!’ Stefanovic sighed, describing the moment one of the ‘greatest snubs on Australian television’.
Langdon is highly-tipped to replace Grimshaw as host of the show and an announcement is expected to be made by Nine next week.
Kyle Sandilands appeared to confirm that Langdon is replacing Grimshaw during an interview with the long-running host on Wednesday.
Speaking to Grimshaw on his KIIS FM radio show, the shock jock said he knew it was the Today show host.
Sandliands claimed he’d had a private conversation with Langdon’s Today show co-host Karl Stefanovic, who has been asking him for advice on a potential replacement for her.
‘I feel like I know, because I’ve been speaking to [Karl] Stefanovic,’ he told Grimshaw after grilling her on the topic of her replacement.
‘Well, let me just tell everyone it is Ally. I don’t mean to bust Channel Nine’s bubble.’
Sandilands said Stefanovic didn’t tell him their chat was ‘confidential’.
‘Maybe that was a personal chat? I don’t know… But he didn’t ask me not to say anything,’ he continued.
Grimshaw remained coy when pressed on the rumours as to who will be her replacement, saying every candidate for the job is ‘an exemplary person’.
Grimshaw was sent off with applause, hugs and well wishes from her Channel Nine colleagues as she left the ACA studio for the last time
‘I certainly hope Channel Nine would replace me with a dud,’ she joked.
‘But unfortunately they do replace me with someone excellent.’
‘I can’t possibly give you a hint, but you’ll know very soon,’ she added. ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if you know next week.’
During her final show, a teary Grimshaw thanked Australians for supporting A Current Affair as a slew of famous faces farewelled the long-time host after 17 years on the show.
The TV veteran was honoured by celebrities and ordinary Aussies who her show has helped over the years, with her replacement yet to be announced.
The presenter, who has interviewed the likes of Oprah, Ellen Degeneres, Celine Dion and Sharon Stone in her 40-year career, was handed a bouquet of flowers as she told viewers they would ‘soon’ find out who would take her place.
‘I’m terrible at the GB word, you know, the one that ends in ‘bye’ and starts in ‘good’ because I’ll blub and you all know that won’t be pretty,’ Grimshaw said.
‘But, seriously when I started here, my bosses at the time said they didn’t like interviews that ran longer than four minutes because you’d be bored.
‘And now look at us. The entire show can run interviews like that because you’ve told us you love them. Thank you for watching them.’
A teary Grimshaw was handed a bunch of flowers as she teased to viewers they would find out ‘soon’ who would be taking her place at A Current Affair
Grimshaw paid tribute to the entire Channel Nine team and gave a special shout-out to ‘Daria’ who she said has done her auto-cue since the Today Show.
A series of high-profile Aussies paid tribute to Grimshaw, with her colleagues praising her 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 a few of the familiar faces.
Mr Albanese asked if Australian television would ever be the same again, while Kyle Sandilands applauded Grimshaw for always putting her guests at ease.
During her final episode, Grimshaw spoke with flood victims in Eugowra in NSW’s central-west town who received a $50,000 donation from Coles live on-air.
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 send-off comes just weeks after the former Today host arrived in Melbourne to film her ‘very special hometown episode’ which aired last week.
In September, the veteran presenter announced she was quitting A Current Affair, later revealing she planned to take a year off to amend her work-life balance.
Former 7:30 host Leigh Sales and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese farewelled Grimshaw on Thursday night, with Mr Albanese asking if Australian TV would ever be the same again