“Cheer up Sam!” an audience member at the Footy Show shouted out as the normally outspoken Sam Newman took a low key approach to the show, last night.
Newman’s arrival to the host set came without his usual gags and robust comment.
“Cat got your tonguet tonight?” asked host Craig Hutchison, to which Newman shook his head and said “Get on with it.”
But he appeared to have been given instructions not to comment on the week’s AFL news.
“If you think I’m giving an opinion about the AFL…,” he offered, “… in case I say something controversial…”
But it was an approach he maintained across the show, declining to offer an opinion on Collingwood news.
Later he said, “You could be taken aside and spoken to if you step across some imaginary line in the sand. So I don’t think I’d like to make a comment on any of that.”
To a Western Bulldogs question he said, “I really don’t give a stuff.”
He put his grievances aside to help welcome a child who idolised him to the stage, but it was short-lived, failing to front either Street Talk or Sam’s Mailbag.
There was even applause when Dave Hughes suggested, “If (Liam Jones) can turn his career around like this, I reckon Sam can cheer up for the last 15 minutes of the show.”
Hopefully,this signals the end of the Footy Show and the last we see of Sam Newman.He & the show asputrid as week old prawns left in the sun
— Henry Ross (@Lincolnabe123) July 20, 2017
@AFLFootyShow EPIC!!!!!! Sam Newman's havin' a sooky la la cause someone's told him he can't talk about something on the AFL Footy Show?
— Lenny Firth (@lennyfirth22) July 20, 2017
Flick over to Footy Show, Sam Newman mailing it in. Show's dead. SJW's got what they wanted. Even took Street Talk off. SJW's kill all fun.
— Jamie ?? (@AirballPI) July 20, 2017
— Peter Bannan (@Pete_Bannan) July 20, 2017
Sam Newman just showed everyone tonight that The Footy Show is nothing without him. #WorstEpisodeEver
— Dave Kasriel (@davekasriel) July 20, 2017
Sam Newman looked like a man on a leash 2night. People should be able to speak their mind, the truth isnt always a bad thing #aflfootyshow
— Matty (@MatanSlonim1997) July 20, 2017
— The AFL Footy Show (@AFLFootyShow) July 20, 2017