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Tony Jones slams Today Show host Sarah Abo for using the US term to describe the AFL grand final

Petulant Today show identity Tony Jones has confronted fellow Channel 9 reporter Sarah Abo for using a popular US phrase ahead of Saturday’s AFL Grand Final at the MCG.

Jones was in a pedantic mood on Friday and reacted immediately when Abo called the much-anticipated playoff between Geelong and Sydney the “big dance”.

‘TJ, Geelong will go into the decider as favorites. You’ve won 15 games in a row, that’s a lot. Do you think they will continue like this for the big dance on Saturday?” Abo asked.

It prompted Jones to declare that he “hates that phrase” and that he was interested in “vetoing it,” before lamenting how “Americanisms creep in.”

Back in 2017, Jones penned an opinion piece that ran on the Today website ahead of the AFL Grand Final between Richmond and Adelaide.

He outlined his frustration with the use of the term “big dance” and compared it to “zip” and “dee-fence”.

As Jones is well aware, the term is often coined by journalists when it comes to a sporting finale.

While some sports fans might agree with Jones that the cliché is pathetic, pulling up his fellow live TV subscription was condescending and unnecessary.

Especially considering Jones himself has been the subject of numerous and notorious TV gaffes in recent years.

He went viral for all the wrong reasons in 2016 when he tried to kiss Bec Judd on the cheek during a newscast in Melbourne – only for AFL great Chris Judd’s wife to turn away in awkward scenes.

Three years later, Jones was widely criticized after an interview with Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open.

Osaka had just beaten Petra Kvitova in the women’s singles final and appeared overwhelmed during the pair’s interview.

Jones asked Osaka to smile after their Grand Slam title before suggesting they spend some of their $4.1 million prize money in Melbourne.

“It’s a very, very big trophy. I’m not sure how you carried it that far…there’s the smile,” Jones said on Channel 9 to a live audience outside Margaret Court Arena.

“How will you reward yourself? You pick up a nice check (for) $4.1 million at the Australian Open.

“We’d love it if you pumped that back into the economy.”

Osaka didn’t know how to react – and the “creepy” Jones didn’t finish commenting on her nationality and family.

“Your grandparents were in Japan and you left Japan at three and you still consider yourself Japanese,” he said.

“It took a while before your grandparents wanted to play tennis with your sisters, and then they finally came on board.”

Jones was widely panned on social media following his bizarre comments, with one tennis fan tweeting his behavior was “beyond embarrassing – rude, condescending, boring and awkward”.

Earlier this month, Jones was back at it, blasting the AFL after failing to receive an invite to the Brownlow Medal, the AFL’s night of nights.

In a speech on The Footy Show, the “King of Cringe” told viewers he’d been to Brownlow nights for the past 30, but after being brushed this year, he threw his toys on live TV and called on the AFL to “stuff” yourself.

“If the AFL is watching, you can get stuffed, it’s a crappy night,” Jones said.

When asked if he might have done anything to justify the snub, Jones replied, “Just promote the game in a good light.

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