An awkward interaction between Tracy Grimshaw and her alleged A Current Affair substitute, Allison Langdon, was caught on camera.
Grimshaw ended her 17-year run as the show’s host on Thursday night and was greeted with applause, hugs and well wishes from her fellow Channel Nine.
Footage shows Grimshaw walking through an “honor guard” and when Langdon went to hug her, she appeared to refuse the hug.
After hugging several employees, including Karl Stefanovic and Peter Overton, Grimshaw walks past Langdon, who had her arms outstretched for a hug.
But Grimshaw savagely brushed against her and seemed to shake his head before hugging another colleague down the corridor.
During her last show, Tracy thanked Australians for their support of A Current Affair as a crowd of famous faces bid farewell to the longtime host after 17 years on the show.
During an emotional final episode on Thursday night, the TV veteran was honored by celebrities and ordinary Aussies who her show has helped over the years, with her replacement yet to be announced.
The veteran presenter, who has interviewed the likes of Oprah, Ellen Degeneres, Celine Dion and Sharon Stone over her 40-year career, received a bouquet of flowers as she told viewers they would find out “soon” who would take her place.
“I’m terrible at the GB word, you know, the one that ends with ‘bye’ and starts with ‘good’ because I’m going to blubber and you all know that’s not going to be pretty,” said Grimshaw, 62.
“But seriously, when I started here, my bosses at the time said they didn’t like interviews longer than four minutes because they would get bored.
“Now look at us. The whole show can do interviews like this because you told us you love them. Thank you for looking.’
Grimshaw paid tribute to the entire Channel Nine team and gave a special shout out to ‘Daria’ who she says has done her auto-cue since the Today Show.
A number of high-profile Australians paid tribute to Grimshaw, and her peers praised her journalistic skills 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 questioned if Australian television would ever be the same again, while Kyle applauded Sandiland’s Grimshaw for always reassuring her guests.
During her final episode, Grimshaw spoke to flood victims in Eugowra, in the west-central New South Wales town of Eugowra, 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 abuse 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 presenter announced she was leaving A Current Affair and later revealed she plans to take a year off to improve her work-life balance.