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Tracy Grimshaw is leaving A Current Affair: A look back at her 40-year career

In her 17 years at the helm of Channel Nine’s A Current Affair, Tracy Grimshaw has grilled the great and the good – and had more than her fair share of lively encounters.

The veteran presenter, 62, shocked viewers on Tuesday night when she announced she was stepping down from her role because she was “tired” and insisted she hadn’t fallen victim to a “boys club” that has younger faces wanted to have on screen.

In her brilliant career, the TV journalist has lit up Channel Nine screens for more than 40 years, dating Prime Ministers, A-list celebrities and heinous criminals.

She’s covered everything from the Beaconsfield mine collapse to the Bali bombings to the Covid pandemic.

Daily Mail Australia takes a look back at some of Grimshaw’s most memorable moments in her four-decade career.

Tracy Grimshaw (left) didn't miss it when she shared her thoughts on

Tracy Grimshaw (left) didn’t miss it when she shared her thoughts on “A Current Affair” with Scott Morrison (right) in May

Scott Morrison gutted

With the election just days away and the Coalition lagging behind in the polls, Scott Morrison may have viewed his appearance on A Current Affair in May as a “soft interview” and a chance to gain some ground.

But Grimshaw saw things differently and delivered a scathing assessment of the then Prime Minister’s leadership skills.

She didn’t mince words, outlining what she saw as his numerous mistakes and embarrassing slips as a leader.

“You said on Sunday you saved the country, (but) you weren’t holding a hose (during the bushfires), you weren’t in your tin when you were picking people off rooftops (during the NSW and Queensland floods ), and you didn’t do 16-hour days in PPE (personal protective equipment) on Covid-19 wards,” she said.

“You didn’t have enough vaccines, you didn’t get enough RAT tests for us to finally have a holiday highway by Christmas.

“Think maybe you overdid the part about saving the country?”

Mr Morrison managed to keep his composure before telling the heated Grimshaw that it was “quite a long list for you to put together”.

Over the years, Grimshaw has also crossed swords with many other politicians, including former Prime Minister Bob Hawke and One Nation leader Pauline Hanson.

Gordon Ramsey gets grilled

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey had never hit it off with Grimshaw when they previously competed, but what happened after they met in June 2009 showed who was boss.

In front of thousands of viewers at a food and wine festival in Melbourne, Ramsay described the Channel Nine legend as “a lesbian”.

Then he showed a picture of a naked woman on her hands and knees, with multiple breasts and the features of a pig.

“This is Tracy Grimshaw,” he said. “I had an interview with her yesterday holy c**p. She needs to see Simon Cowell’s botox doctor.

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey (pictured left) took on Tracy Grimshaw (right) in 2009's A Current Affair

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey (pictured left) took on Tracy Grimshaw (right) in 2009’s A Current Affair

Ramsay continued to make disparaging comments about Grimshaw at the festival.

She fired back by slamming the acclaimed chef during A Current Affair.

“Gordon Ramsay made me promise not to ask about his personal life on Friday. He then came on stage on Saturday and made some very clear and uninformed insinuations about mine,” Grimshaw said.

“Apparently Gordon thinks that any woman who doesn’t find him attractive must be gay. For the record, I don’t and I’m not.’

In May, Tracy Grimshaw (pictured) made headlines for a heated interview with Scott Morrison ahead of the general election

In May, Tracy Grimshaw (pictured) made headlines for a heated interview with Scott Morrison ahead of the general election

Grimshaw's mother was upset by the comments celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey made about her

Grimshaw’s mother was upset by the comments celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey made about her

Ramsey had upset Grimshaw’s mother with his comments.

“If you upset my mom, you open me up,” she said.

“She was upset that someone would attack me like that, so I thought damn I’m going to hit him back a little bit,” she told Fairfax Radio at the time.

She also told her viewers on A Current Affair that the comments were not a hoax as what Ramsey had been trying to make them out to be.

Tracy Grimshaw celebrated her 40th anniversary on Channel Nine last October. Pictured in 2008

Tracy Grimshaw celebrated her 40th anniversary on Channel Nine last October. Pictured in 2008

Grimshaw's biggest ACA interviews include Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Degeneres, Celine Dion and Sharon Stone, but she's also told the stories of ordinary people

Grimshaw’s biggest ACA interviews include Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Degeneres, Celine Dion and Sharon Stone, but she’s also told the stories of ordinary people

“I really wonder how many people would laugh if they were effectively described as an old, ugly pig,” she said.

Grimshaw had considered not responding to Ramsay’s comments.

“But we all know that bullies thrive when nobody embraces them, and I’m not going to sit sheepishly and let an arrogant narcissist bully me.”

The horse and the rescue helmet

In May 2015, TV presenters said she would have died had she not been wearing a helmet in a riding accident.

Grimshaw was forced to sideline ACA for two weeks after she was knocked unconscious after being thrown from her horse, wombat, at a property in Arcadia, north-west Sydney.

“I got out of the accident relatively unscathed, and that’s partly due to the great medical care, but mostly because of wearing a helmet,” she said at the end of the show upon her return.

“Without that I would be dead without a doubt, so never ride without a helmet and don’t let your friends do it. It is a life and death decision.”

Tracy Grimshaw is pictured on a stretcher being carried to a helicopter to be taken to a hospital after being thrown from a horse

Tracy Grimshaw is pictured on a stretcher being carried to a helicopter to be taken to a hospital after being thrown from a horse

The Channel Nine presenter is being seated aboard a helicopter. She credits wearing a helmet for saving her life after being thrown from a horse

The Channel Nine presenter is being seated aboard a helicopter. She credits wearing a helmet for saving her life after being thrown from a horse

Witnesses said the horse was startled by a lawn mower and ran away, throwing Grimshaw from the saddle.

She landed heavily on her head and was unconscious for about 15 minutes before a helicopter arrived and flew her to Westmead Hospital.

Grimshaw was discharged from hospital the following morning and continued to host A Current Affair for seven more years before announcing on September 5 that her time on the show was coming to an end.

On Monday, she said she had ridden horses all her adult life and “it’s just a shame that a prang became nationally known. I wish it wasn’t like that.

“I’ve been riding horses for literally, I don’t know, 40 years and all I’m asked is a Prang. It’s not something I think about. It’s unfortunate that it happened, I still have the horse, I still ride.’

everyday

Over the years, Grimshaw has not only interviewed the rich and famous like Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Degeneres, Celine Dion and Sharon Stone, but also told the stories of ordinary people.

However, she cannot decide on an interview that stands out from the rest. “It’s almost like being asked to pick your favorite child,” she said.

“They all have an impact. The interviews that have the most impact, and pretty much all do, are people in these extraordinary circumstances.

“They’re just ordinary people who trudge along, live their lives like we all do and do ordinary things every day,” she told Channel 9.

Todd Russell (left) and Brant Webb (right), survivors of the Beaconsfield mine collapse where they spent two weeks nearly a kilometer underground, were interviewed by Tracy Grimshaw for A Current Affair

Todd Russell (left) and Brant Webb (right), survivors of the Beaconsfield mine collapse where they spent two weeks nearly a kilometer underground, were interviewed by Tracy Grimshaw for A Current Affair

Todd Russell (pictured) was more than 900 meters underground when an earthquake brought down the mine, trapping him and colleague Brant Webb. The pair were underground for 14 days before finally walking free in the early hours of May 9, 2006

Todd Russell (pictured) was more than 900 meters underground when an earthquake brought down the mine, trapping him and colleague Brant Webb. The pair were underground for 14 days before finally walking free in the early hours of May 9, 2006

One of those common people stories was about the 2006 Beaconsfield mine collapse.

“I spent two weeks when these two guys were underground and I didn’t even know these two guys[Brant Webb and Todd Russell],” she said.

“And every single night I’d go to bed and be like, ‘You’re looking at the same rock face, it’s another day underground,’ how would I be?

“I would be a dribble mess now. I don’t even know how they hold it together. And in the end I was able to ask her. So this is something very special.”

Grimshaw’s many fans will long remember her as “pretty special”.

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