Logies: Tony Armstrong hits back at online trolls who ridiculed his Welcome to Country

Tony Armstrong has hit back at online trolls after he was slammed for delivering a Welcome to Country at the TV Week Logies Awards.

The ABC star acknowledged the traditional owners of the land while presenting with 2022 Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott at the red carpet event on Sunday night.

His speech quickly drew backlash with social media users accusing the proud Barranbinya man of ‘going woke’ and ‘virtue signalling’. 

‘Acknowledgement of country is virtue signalling that does nothing to further the wellbeing of indigenous people in Australia,’ one person wrote on Twitter. ‘Specially to a room of coke sniffing elites. It’s time we drop this nonsense.’ 

Armstrong returned fire and shut down his haters with a blunt and apt response.   

Tony Armstrong has hit back at online trolls after he was ridiculed for delivering a Welcome to Country at the Logies

Armstrong went on to win the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent

Armstrong went on to win the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent

‘Shut up bro,’ he wrote. ‘I’m a blackfulla and I am duty bound to respect the land I’m on.’

His comment sparked an outpouring of support from fans who swooped in to defend him and commend the former AFL player for delivering the Welcome to Country.

‘Dont let him shake you you are at the start of the top of your game keep growing past this point lot better things to do with your awesome energy up and beyond,’ one wrote.

Another added:  ‘It’s his award, He won it. He can say whatever he wants. Don’t like it? You win an award. You can say whatever you want. Simple really.’

Armstrong went on to win the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent.

He made an emotional acceptance speech thanking his mother for her unflagging support throughout his career. 

‘The old cheese, my mum, she is a superstar, has done everything for me and has been a superstar and I would not be up here without her so a big thanks to her and please give her a clap, she will love it back home,’ he said. 

The TV Week Logies Awards ended with a bang, with the Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television going to comedian Hamish Blake, who gave a moving speech as he accepted the coveted statuette for the second time.  

Also in the running for the award were I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! Australia host Julia Morris, MasterChef Australia’s Melissa Leong, television host Sonia Kruger, comedian Tom Gleeson, and Home and Away star Ray Meagher. 

In his acceptance speech, Hamish joked his Gold Logie counted as three because none were handed out in 2019 and 2020. 

Armstrong made an emotional acceptance speech thanking his mother for her unflagging support throughout his career

Armstrong made an emotional acceptance speech thanking his mother for her unflagging support throughout his career

The Logies Awards ended with a bang, with the Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television going to a very deserving winner. Comedian Hamish Blake (pictured) took home the coveted statuette

The Logies Awards ended with a bang, with the Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television going to a very deserving winner. Comedian Hamish Blake (pictured) took home the coveted statuette

He also won the award in 2012, and claimed that he now technically had four Gold Logies. 

The television personality thanked his wife, Zoë Foster Blake, and his two children, son Sonny and daughter Rudy. 

‘My beautiful wife, this is – you don’t get to stand up here unless you have amazing people behind you. You’re the most amazing of people. 

‘You stole my look for tonight. I had to quickly find this. Apart from that, I think you do it better anyway. Thank you, honey. And I would also like to thank you know, little shout out to our kids’.

He continued: ‘My kids are the favourite of all kids. They can’t be here. They got last minute fake IDs and gone clubbing.’ 

Hamish joked that his Gold Logie counted as three because none were handed out in 2019 and 2020. He also won the award in 2012, and claimed that he now technically had four

Hamish joked that his Gold Logie counted as three because none were handed out in 2019 and 2020. He also won the award in 2012, and claimed that he now technically had four

The television personality thanked his wife, Zoë Foster Blake (pictured), and his two children, son Sonny and daughter Rudy

The television personality thanked his wife, Zoë Foster Blake (pictured), and his two children, son Sonny and daughter Rudy

'My beautiful wife, this is - you don't get to stand up here unless you have amazing people behind you. You're the most amazing of people,' he said

‘My beautiful wife, this is – you don’t get to stand up here unless you have amazing people behind you. You’re the most amazing of people,’ he said 

‘But I know they will watch this tomorrow when I make them on YouTube,’ Hamish joked. 

‘So to my kids winning an award is nice. But the greatest prize is to be your dad. You’re the most important.’ 

Hamish concluded: ‘If you are watching this, you’re an insomniac and also somebody that supports Australian TV and we would not be here without you. So thank you to the people at home.’

'So to my kids winning an award is nice. But the greatest prize is to be your dad. You're the most important,' he added. The couple are pictured with their children

 ‘So to my kids winning an award is nice. But the greatest prize is to be your dad. You’re the most important,’ he added. The couple are pictured with their children 

Despite the thrilling finish, the revamped show suffered a few teething issues. 

The who’s who of Australian celebrities gathered on the Gold Coast for the glittering event, which got off to a rough start. 

Receiving the first award of the night, Hamish Blake was left awkwardly fumbling though his acceptance speech when no one handed him the actual Logie statuette. 

The revamped show suffered a few teething issues before getting off to a thrilling finish. Pictured: Ryan McNaught and Hamish Blake

The revamped show suffered a few teething issues before getting off to a thrilling finish. Pictured: Ryan McNaught and Hamish Blake

Hamish was collecting the Logie for Most Popular Entertainment Program for the show he hosts, Lego Masters, alongside co-star Ryan McNaught. 

He joked that he may have to build his own award from Lego, before an usher came dashing out to finally hand the pair their statuette. 

Next Karl Stefanovic was left red-faced when presenting an award alongside Chrissie Swan, who sledged him for missing rehearsals earlier in the day. 

Receiving the first award of the night, Hamish Blake was left awkwardly fumbling though his acceptance speech when no one handed him the actual Logie statuette

Receiving the first award of the night, Hamish Blake was left awkwardly fumbling though his acceptance speech when no one handed him the actual Logie statuette

Hamish was collecting the Logie for Most Popular Entertainment Program for the show he hosts, Lego Masters, alongside co-star Ryan McNaught

Hamish was collecting the Logie for Most Popular Entertainment Program for the show he hosts, Lego Masters, alongside co-star Ryan McNaught 

He joked that he may have to build his own award from Lego, before an usher came dashing out to finally hand the pair their statuette

He joked that he may have to build his own award from Lego, before an usher came dashing out to finally hand the pair their statuette 

Chrissie joked, ‘I came to rehearsal so I get to do the announcement’, to laughter from the crowd. 

‘I was in cocktails and dreams. Living my best life. Just getting up it,’ Karl immediately replied.   

Earlier, host Julia Morris took a crack at former Gold Logie winner Tom Gleeson, who was again up for the prize this year. 

Karl Stefanovic (right) was left red-faced when presenting an award alongside Chrissie Swan (left) who sledged him for missing rehearsals earlier in the day. Chrissie joked, 'I came to rehearsal so I get to do the announcement'

Karl Stefanovic (right) was left red-faced when presenting an award alongside Chrissie Swan (left) who sledged him for missing rehearsals earlier in the day. Chrissie joked, ‘I came to rehearsal so I get to do the announcement’

'I was in cocktails and dreams. Living my best life. Just getting up it,' Karl immediately replied

‘I was in cocktails and dreams. Living my best life. Just getting up it,’ Karl immediately replied

‘We can’t legally discuss his Logie win,’ she quipped as Tom shot her a stormy look from the audience. 

Julia was referring to Tom’s very controversial speech back in 2019. 

Tom divided the room with his rambling, eight-minute Gold Logie acceptance speech which included several eyebrow-raising comments. 

Earlier, host Julia Morris (pictured) took a crack at former Gold Logie winner Tom Gleeson, who was again up for the prize this year

Earlier, host Julia Morris (pictured) took a crack at former Gold Logie winner Tom Gleeson, who was again up for the prize this year

'We can't legally discuss his Logie win,' she quipped as Tom (pictured) shot her a stormy look from the audience. Julia was referring to Tom's very controversial speech back in 2019

‘We can’t legally discuss his Logie win,’ she quipped as Tom (pictured) shot her a stormy look from the audience. Julia was referring to Tom’s very controversial speech back in 2019

There was a rare and touching performance from Jimmy Barnes, who was joined by his children David Campbell and Mahalia Barnes. 

The trio put on a rousing rendition of the classic song Do You Love Me by The Contours. 

David and Jimmy’s contrasting vocals brought the house down with the pair ending their song to massive applause.  

There was a rare and touching performance from Jimmy Barnes (left), who was joined by his children David Campbell (right) and Mahalia Barnes

There was a rare and touching performance from Jimmy Barnes (left), who was joined by his children David Campbell (right) and Mahalia Barnes

The trio put on a rousing rendition of the classic song Do You Love Me by The Contours

The trio put on a rousing rendition of the classic song Do You Love Me by The Contours

Patti Newtown took part in a moving tribute to her late husband, industry legend Bert Newton.  

‘Thank you, thank you very much for that beautiful welcome and for this beautiful man of mine, isn’t he fabulous! What am I going to do without him!’ she began. 

‘I actually didn’t think I was going to be able to do this tonight, because it is still very raw and I will never get over him not being here. But I know he is with me. And here. And he is inside me and my daughter’. 

Patti Newtown (pictured) took part in a moving tribute to her late husband, industry legend Bert Newton

Patti Newtown (pictured) took part in a moving tribute to her late husband, industry legend Bert Newton

She then showed off a necklace she was wearing which bears Bert’s name. 

‘Lauren had this made for me so I will be wearing this forever around my neck. I will know who I am and when I cannot remember anymore, I will say who’s that? It will be Bert,’ she continued. 

‘Lauren and I used to sit with him for hours and hours and we would reminisce about all the wonderful things that he did, because he did do a lot of fabulous things, and we would talk about the people that he met and the shows that he did and how wonderful it was. We were very proud of him because he did go through a lot, and he was very brave and he just never complained.’ 

'Thank you, thank you very much for that beautiful welcome and for this beautiful man of mine, isn't he fabulous! What am I going to do without him!' she began. A video tribute to Bert played on screen before her speech

‘Thank you, thank you very much for that beautiful welcome and for this beautiful man of mine, isn’t he fabulous! What am I going to do without him!’ she began. A video tribute to Bert played on screen before her speech 

She went on: ‘He always tried to find something to look forward to. He had something to look forward to it because he knew that Lauren and I and the grandchildren were coming in to see him.

‘He had this thing where he would say, ‘Not everybody lives their dream’, but he did, and he loved it, he really did live his dream. 

‘He started off in television when WIN Television just began. He was 18 when he did his first Tonight Show, The Late Show on Channel 7.

‘He compared so many shows, hundreds of shows like IMT and New Faces and of course his 14 years on Good Morning Australia. It was quite an achievement too. But it is funny, the one thing he really loved was this show. The Logies. 

'He made it his own and the more things that went wrong, the better he felt. You know how many people came up here drunk, getting their awards, it doesn't happen so much now, but in the early days, people came up and said stupid things and he would love it,' she said of Bert's love of the Logies

‘He made it his own and the more things that went wrong, the better he felt. You know how many people came up here drunk, getting their awards, it doesn’t happen so much now, but in the early days, people came up and said stupid things and he would love it,’ she said of Bert’s love of the Logies

‘This was his baby. He absolutely loved it because it was a challenge, and he was very lucky to have his Executive Producer Peter Faiman give him the freedom and say to him, take some risks and take a chance, make it your own. And he did. 

‘He made it his own and the more things that went wrong, the better he felt. You know how many people came up here drunk, getting their awards, it doesn’t happen so much now, but in the early days, people came up and said stupid things and he would love it. 

‘I was terrified that somebody might heckle me here tonight and I thought, don’t worry, Bert would love that, that is what he would want. He had another very big love and that was family. He loved his mum and sister and brothers and then came Matthew and Lauren. 

'I was terrified that somebody might heckle me here tonight and I thought, don't worry, Bert would love that, that is what he would want,' she said

‘I was terrified that somebody might heckle me here tonight and I thought, don’t worry, Bert would love that, that is what he would want,’ she said 

‘And then he had his six beautiful grandchildren to concentrate on. And to love and adore as they do him. I have been his partner for 57 years, it is a long time. I don’t need applause because I have loved every minute of those 57 years. 

‘He did say to me when we got married, we will have a few ups and downs, but it will never be boring. And he was so right. It was never boring. I think I have been very blessed that he chose me. 

‘I think that is why we are so pleased that from now on, the award for the Most Popular Presenter is going to be known as the Bert Newton Award for Most Popular Presenter. 

'We are so pleased that from now on, the award for the Most Popular Presenter is going to be known as the Bert Newton Award for Most Popular Presenter,' Patti said. She had earlier arrived on the red carpet alongside her daughter Lauren

‘We are so pleased that from now on, the award for the Most Popular Presenter is going to be known as the Bert Newton Award for Most Popular Presenter,’ Patti said. She had earlier arrived on the red carpet alongside her daughter Lauren 

‘I was only thinking today, if I could just ask him how he feels about this particular award being named in his honour. And I am absolutely certain that he would say, ‘What? Not the gold?’

‘I do want to say thank you for the warmth and the love that Bert has been shown and that beautiful package that we have just seen, it is wonderful, he never wanted to be forgotten,’ she concluded. 

Tom Gleeson referenced his controversial 2019 Logies speech while presenting an award – and took a pop at Karl Stefanovic while he was at it. 

'I was only thinking today, if I could just ask him how he feels about this particular award being named in his honour. And I am absolutely certain that he would say, "What? Not the gold?"' Patti joked of what Bert would have thought. Bert is pictured at the Logies in 2018

‘I was only thinking today, if I could just ask him how he feels about this particular award being named in his honour. And I am absolutely certain that he would say, ‘What? Not the gold?” Patti joked of what Bert would have thought. Bert is pictured at the Logies in 2018

‘I have some advice, even if you think you are not going to win tonight, don’t start ripping into the red wine. Even if you are really sure you’re not going to win,’ he said. 

‘I am not apologising for being drunk, at least I was drunk late at night at an awards ceremony where it belongs,’ he continued. 

‘I wasn’t drunk early in the morning on the third-highest rating breakfast show. Am I right Karl Stefanovic? I did it where it belongs!’ he joked. 

Tom Gleeson (left) referenced his controversial 2019 Logies speech while presenting an award - and took a pop at Karl Stefanovic while he was at it. Pictured with Sophie Monk

Tom Gleeson (left) referenced his controversial 2019 Logies speech while presenting an award – and took a pop at Karl Stefanovic while he was at it. Pictured with Sophie Monk

'I wasn't drunk early in the morning on the third-highest rating breakfast show. Am I right Karl Stefanovic? I did it where it belongs!' he joked. Karl is pictured

‘I wasn’t drunk early in the morning on the third-highest rating breakfast show. Am I right Karl Stefanovic? I did it where it belongs!’ he joked. Karl is pictured 

Tom added, addressing Karl: 'By the way, if you win the gold Logie tonight, we will know they have gone back to what they used to be, rigged!'

Tom added, addressing Karl: ‘By the way, if you win the gold Logie tonight, we will know they have gone back to what they used to be, rigged!’

Tom added, addressing Karl: ‘By the way, if you win the gold Logie tonight, we will know they have gone back to what they used to be, rigged!’ 

Tom was presenting alongside Sophie Monk, with the pair exchanging barbs that censors didn’t catch in time during the live broadcast. 

‘He might come off like an a**hole d**khead, but he is actually really lovely,’ she said of Tom, who shot back: ‘Thank you trash bag.’

Tom was presenting alongside Sophie Monk, with the pair exchanging barbs that censors didn't catch in time during the live broadcast

Tom was presenting alongside Sophie Monk, with the pair exchanging barbs that censors didn’t catch in time during the live broadcast

'He might come off like an a**hole d**khead, but he is actually really lovely,' she said of Tom, who shot back: 'Thank you trash bag'

‘He might come off like an a**hole d**khead, but he is actually really lovely,’ she said of Tom, who shot back: ‘Thank you trash bag’

International guest Mel B looked absolutely stunning as she introduced singer Calum Scott. 

The former Spice Girls star, whose real name is Melanie Brown, said that she told Calum backstage that his music was her ‘guilty pleasure’. 

Mel looked stunning in a burnt orange dress with a high neckline that clung to her slender physique. 

International guest Mel B (pictured) looked absolutely stunning as she introduced singer Calum Scott

International guest Mel B (pictured) looked absolutely stunning as she introduced singer Calum Scott

The former Spice Girls star, whose real name is Melanie Brown, said that she told Calum (pictured) backstage that his music was her 'guilty pleasure'

The former Spice Girls star, whose real name is Melanie Brown, said that she told Calum (pictured) backstage that his music was her ‘guilty pleasure’

Mel looked stunning in a burnt orange dress with a high neckline that clung to her slender physique

Mel looked stunning in a burnt orange dress with a high neckline that clung to her slender physique

Australian journalist Leigh Sales introduced an emotional memorial performance from comedian Tim Minchin, which was dedicated to people in the industry who passed over the last few years.

Some of those mentioned included Prisoner’s Joy Westmore, Home and Away’s Dieter Brummer, The Paul Hogan Show’s John Cornell, entertainer Jeanne Little, A Country Practice’s Lorrae Desmond, and music promoter Michael Gudinski.

Media personality Bert Newton and cricket legend Shane Warne closed out the tribute.

Comedian Tim Minchin (pictured) performed a heart-wrenching memorial tribute

Comedian Tim Minchin (pictured) performed a heart-wrenching memorial tribute 

The tribute included Bert Newton, Shane Warne, Jeannie Little, Michael Gudinski and many more

The tribute included Bert Newton, Shane Warne, Jeannie Little, Michael Gudinski and many more

Ada Nicodemou had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction as she glided to the stage to present an award. 

Wearing a stunning emerald green frock, the Home and Away star unintentionally flashed her underwear as she walked to the microphone.  

The Project was awarded Most Outstanding News Coverage and the show’s star Lisa Wilkinson collected the award. 

Ada Nicodemou (left) had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction as she glided to the stage to present an award

Ada Nicodemou (left) had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction as she glided to the stage to present an award

Wearing a stunning emerald green frock, the Home and Away star unintentionally flashed her underwear as she walked to the microphone

Wearing a stunning emerald green frock, the Home and Away star unintentionally flashed her underwear as she walked to the microphone 

She dedicated her Logie to Brittany Higgins, and gave a moving speech.

‘This story is by far the most important work I have ever done. And I knew it from the very first phone call I had early last year with a young woman whose name she told me was Brittany Higgins,’ she said. 

‘Four incredibly intense sleepless weeks later, when our story went to air, the entire country knew the name Brittany Higgins. As Brittany warned me before we went to air, her story would be seen by many of the most powerful people in this country, not as a human problem, but as a political problem,’ Lisa continued. 

The Project was awarded Most Outstanding News Coverage and Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) collected the award. She dedicated her Logie to Brittany Higgins, and gave a moving speech

The Project was awarded Most Outstanding News Coverage and Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) collected the award. She dedicated her Logie to Brittany Higgins, and gave a moving speech

'Brittany Higgins was a political problem. And governments tend to like political problems to go away. But Brittany never did. And the truth is, this honour belongs to Brittany. It belongs to a 26-year-old woman's unwavering courage,' she said

‘Brittany Higgins was a political problem. And governments tend to like political problems to go away. But Brittany never did. And the truth is, this honour belongs to Brittany. It belongs to a 26-year-old woman’s unwavering courage,’ she said 

‘Brittany Higgins was a political problem. And governments tend to like political problems to go away. But Brittany never did. And the truth is, this honour belongs to Brittany. It belongs to a 26-year-old woman’s unwavering courage. 

‘It belongs to a woman who said ‘Enough’. It belongs to a woman who inspired more than 100,000 thousand similarly pissed exhausted women and men to take to the streets across this country to roar in numbers too big to ignore. Brittany, thank you for trusting me.

‘Thank you for helping to change the national conversation. And on behalf of all of the generations of women to come, thank you Brittany for never giving up.’

'Thank you for helping to change the national conversation. And on behalf of all of the generations of women to come, thank you Brittany for never giving up.' Lisa said. Brittany Higgins is pictured

‘Thank you for helping to change the national conversation. And on behalf of all of the generations of women to come, thank you Brittany for never giving up.’ Lisa said. Brittany Higgins is pictured

The biggest honours of the night kicked off, with the Outstanding Actress Logie going to Anna Torv for The Newsreader, who accepted via a video message. 

Outstanding Actor went to Richard Roxburgh for his starring role in the series Fires – however there was some amusement that Richard both did not attend the ceremony, nor send a video message. 

Most Outstanding Series went to the ABC television show The Newsreader, before Hamish Blake took home the Gold Logie. 

Hamish was the ultimate winner on the night and looked delighted with his award

Hamish was the ultimate winner on the night and looked delighted with his award 

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