Logie-winning ABC personality Tony Armstrong has finally addressed the rumors he was asked to be The Bachelor.
Before Channel 10 threw a spanner in the works by hiring three unknown men to fill the role, speculation was circulating that Armstrong was tipped to take the top spot, despite keeping his love life fiercely private in the past.
But now, the 32-year-old told The Herald Sun his management may have been contacted by producers, but the matter was never discussed with him.
“They (producers) might have got on to my management but it never got to me,” he told the publication.
“I get anxiety just walking down here (the Logie Awards red carpet) so I can’t imagine dating on TV.”
The rumors surged in May when Armstrong announced live on air he was set to take a break from presenting for an “unspecified project”.
The media personality took home a silver Logie as the inaugural winner of the Graham Kennedy Award for Best New Talent at the TV Week Logie Awards earlier this week.
But was forced to slap down online trolls after copping criticism for acknowledging the traditional owners of the land during the ceremony.
While presenting an award with 2022 Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott, the ABC presenter — a proud Barranbinya man — acknowledged the traditional owners of the land, the Yugambeh People of the Gold Coast.
“You’re all deadly,” he said.
Armstrong, an ABC sports presenter and host of A Dog’s World with Tony Armstrong, was later named the inaugural winner of the Graham Kennedy Award for Best New Talent.
But the recognition did not go down well with online trolls who took to Twitter to stick the boot in for “virtue signaling”.
“Acknowledgment of country is virtue signaling that does nothing to further the wellbeing of indigenous people in Australia. Specially to a room full of coke sniffing elites. It’s time we drop this nonsense,” his colleague Michael Rowland wrote under a congratulatory tweet.