Radio host and family man Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald was spotted sharing a kiss with a woman who isn’t his wife at a charity cricket match on Thursday.
And when photographic proof of the former AFL player, 43, puckering up with a Home and Away actress popped up on social media, fans went into a frenzy.
But fear not - all is not what it seems. The former Big Brother star was simply snapped at an awkward angle while planting a platonic kiss on the cheek of 66-year-old Lynne McGranger.
Fitzy and Lynne’s sideline smooch
Lynne was just one of several celebs who took part in a friendly cricket match hosted by Nova on the lawn of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s residence, Kirribilli House.
The suggestive snap was shared on team captains Fitzy and Wippa’s official Instagram account after the event, which raised $15,000 for the charity ‘Batting for Change.’
“This was an interesting way to greet @lynnemcgranger at our Backyard Cricket game, Fitz,” the caption read.
“What a greeting!” remarked one fan in the comments.
Some fans saw straight through Fitzy’s lip-lock with Lynne.
“Are you hoping to sweet talk your way on to Home and Away?” asked one.
“New love interest for Irene in the bay,” suggested another.
Others pointed out the potential rivalry between Lynne and Fitzy’s wife Belinda Irons, or ‘BJ’ as he calls her.
“Bj better get the boxing gloves on,” joked one.
Fitzy and Belinda have been married since 2008 and share two boys, Hewston, eight, and Lenny, four.
Laughing it off
Lynne herself got in on the joke by sharing the same photo on her own Instagram account but added her own cheeky caption.
“It’s a tough job but someone had to do it,” she wrote, adding a kissy face emoji for good measure.
Her Home and Away co-star Ada Nicodemou doubled down on the kissy faces, adding two in her comment.
Another of Lynne’s followers thought Fitzy was getting the better deal, writing, “Lucky him”.
“Ha, this is great!” another added.
Lynne and her partner of more than thirty years, Paul McWaters, share a daughter, 28-year-old mindfulness and movement coach Clancy.
Karl to Nine: ‘I’m your lucky charm’
Other celebrity cricketers included Ninja Warrior host Ben Fordham, former fast bowler Brett Lee, MKR judge Colin Fassnidge, former Today host Karl Stefanovic and PM Scott Morrison, with singer Conrad Sewell on hand to perform the national anthem.
Karl, who was part of Wippa’s winning team, stopped by the boys’ radio show the following day where he called himself the Channel Nine’s ‘lucky charm’.
The comments came hours before explosive claims were made that the disgraced star was set to return to his former role on Today in 2020.
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