Logie-winning ABC personality Tony Armstrong has finally addressed the rumors that he was asked to be The Bachelor.
Before Channel 10 kicked off a screwdriver by hiring three unknown men to fill the role, speculation circulated that Armstrong was tipped to take the top spot, despite previously keeping his love life fiercely private.
But now the 32-year-old told The Herald Sun that his management may have been contacted by producers, but the matter was never discussed with him.
“They (produce) could have passed on to my management, but it never came to me,” he told the publication.
“I’m getting anxious just walking down here (Logie Awards red carpet) so I can ‘t imagine dating on TV.”
Rumors abounded in May when Armstrong announced live in the air that he would take a break from presenting for an “unspecified project.”
The media personality took home a silver-colored Logie as the first winner of the Graham Kennedy Award for Best New Talent at the TV Week Logie Awards earlier this week.
But was forced to slam online trolls down after receiving criticism for recognizing 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 – recognized the traditional owners of the land, the Yugambeh People of the Gold Coast.
“You are all mortal,” he said.
Armstrong, an ABC sports host and host of A Dog’s World with Tony Armstrong, was later named the first winner of the Graham Kennedy Award for Best New Talent.
But the recognition did not fall into good soil with online trolls who took to Twitter to stick the boot in for “virtue signaling”.