An almost unbelievably large workload has left ABC News Breakfast sports presenter Tony Armstrong totally burnt out and only now slowly recovering in a Melbourne hospital.
The likeable larrikin with the huge laugh collapsed from sheer exhaustion just after the taping of yesterday’s show and is not expected to be back before the cameras for at least this entire week.
“Tony simply took on far too much over recent times,” close colleague and the show’s cohost Michael Rowland told me exclusively.
“And I want to make it clear his collapse had nothing to do with the cowardly way he reacted to the earthquake that shook the studios the other day.”
I can now reveal that the former AFL player simply had too much on his plate.
Armstrong, under the stage name Chai Hansen he has used for quite some time now, had only recently finished a punishing shooting schedule playing the role of a gay news cameraman in the excellent six-part ABC drama, The Newsreader (pictured).
And I can also reveal that Armstrong foolishly agreed, following a heartfelt plea from an old mate, Manly player Morgan Harper who, having suffered an injury on the morning of last Friday night’s NRL preliminary final, begged Armstrong to run out for him on the night to keep the Sea Eagles’ premiership hopes alive.
Not his normal code, Armstrong nevertheless put in a strong performance against Wayne Bennett’s South Sydney Rabbitohs (below).
“Tony’s predicament is a strong message to us all,” the show’s co-host Lisa Millar added. “Know your limitations and don’t be ashamed to always work within them.”