Eddie McGuire is set to return to The Footy Show replacing host Craig Hutchison.
Sam Newman will remain on the show.
The shuffle follows dwindling ratings for the show this year and ongoing concerns about the content.
The news was first hinted by entertainment reporter Peter Ford.
— Peter Ford (@mrpford) July 20, 2017
It's been sorted. Everyone is happy. I've seen the contracts. https://t.co/nMPkOnnlJp
— Peter Ford (@mrpford) July 21, 2017
Last night Sam Newman essentially “phoned in” his performance, with rumblings about being held back in his comments.
There are reports McGuire Media will also produce the show.
McGuire’s deal would presumably have involved approval from Foxtel where he has an exclusive deal for Sport, and Entertainment with Nine.
The Footy Show will take a 2 week break before returning on August 10.
Eddie McGuire said, “The AFL Footy Show and Thursday nights on Nine has been such a big part of my life. I’m so pleased and excited to be given this opportunity to return to the main game, prime-time television, and to reach everyone who loves footy as much as I do. I have had many roles over the years but my time on The Footy Show has always been the most significant for me.
“This show is such a vital part of the passion that AFL fans enjoy. As sport and television continue to change I intend to be a part of the next wave. Now in its 24th year, I look forward to how the program will evolve and be ready for the next 20 years.”
Nine CEO Hugh Marks said: “The AFL Footy Show is such an important part of our network. I couldn’t wish for a better partner to work with as we evolve the show for the fans in the modern era of football.”
Rebecca Maddern, said; “I look forward to working alongside Eddie McGuire who was such a huge part of The Footy Show in its early years and remains such a prominent figure in the world of AFL. He’s a consummate host and it will be a great experience to work together on such an incredible show.”
Craig Hutchison said, “It’s been a great honour and privilege to host one of Australia’s iconic TV shows. As a businessman, I fully understand and support the opportunity to bring back Eddie. He’s the original host and the best host on Australian television.
“I can’t speak highly enough of the producers and the people I work with, and I’ll be enthusiastically supporting The Footy Show and all involved in future.”
Craig Hutchison remains as host of Footy Classified.