ABC's Tony Armstrong shuts down OnlyFans rumours after X-rated slip-up

ABC reporter Tony Armstrong went viral earlier this week after accidentally saying the words "bulging dick" instead of "bulging disc" on live TV during a sports report. Soon after, it appeared as though the journo had joined OnlyFans.

"To cricket news, and Tim Paine is set to undergo neck surgery but medical staff remain confident he will be fit for the Ashes," he said during a live report.

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ABC reporter Tony Armstrong has shut down rumours he's set up an OnlyFans account after an X-rated slip-up live on air. Photo: ABC

"Paine has a bulging dick that has been, bulging disc that has been – that’s a funny one – causing him pain in his neck and left arm and the injury hasn’t responded to treatment."

"A bulging what?" co-host Michael Rowland jokingly questioned.


"Disc, I said disc," Tony responded.

"That’s what I thought you said," Michael said slyly.

Thankfully, Tim Paine saw the humour in the situation and responded on Twitter, "True story actually."

Soon after, a verified OnlyFans account appeared on the site claiming to be Tony Armstrong.

The account’s first post said, "Welcome to my OnlyFans. Good vibes only. I‘ll be posting a couple of times a week. All profits til the end of the month will go to RCD Foundation which raises funds for brain cancer research."

The account was charging $US4.99 a month and, according to, has offered fans selfies with the bio saying it'll be "delivering you what you didn’t know you needed ;-)".

Tony Armstrong on OnlyFans
Fans of the journo went nuts when they thought he was on OnlyFans. Photo: OnlyFans
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Tony quickly shut the rumours down. Photo: Twitter

Aussie journalist Osman Faruqi joked at the time, "You’re going to want to sit down for this one. It’s the lockdown treat Australia deserves, for only $4.99 a month.

However, Tony has officially shut the rumours down, responding on Twitter saying he had nothing to do with the account.

"It's not me?" he simply responded.

Social media users will no doubt be upset that they'd been catfished by a fake Tony.

"TONY ARMSTRONG HAS JOINED ONLYFANS LET ME JUST TAKE A MOMENT," one fan wrote when the account first showed up. "DON'T TALK TO ME OMG."

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