Paul “Fatty” Vautin has been dumped from the NRL Footy Show, a day after Nine terminated contract negotiations with Today‘s Lisa Wilkinson.
As tipped last week, Nine’s NRL Footy Show is being “refreshed,” expected to be trimmed down to a panel show, without a Live audience and its big budget entertainment.
Vautin, who will remain with Nine in a commentary role, has been on a lucrative salary at Nine. But the NRL Footy Show rates low and requires a significant production staff, while next year there are 23 Thursday night games.
It didn’t add up to retain it in its current form in a 10pm timeslot.
Nine also has a Monday night NRL panel show next year.
There is speculation Erin Molan could host a new version, but James Bracey is also well-regarded within Nine.
Darryl ‘Big Marn’ Brohman is reportedly off contract while Beau Ryan has 2 more years to run. Long-time executive producer Glenn Pallister is also moving on with Tom Malone to producer under Sport, instead of Light Entertainment.
Brohman told News Corp I’ve just left it with my manager. None of us have been told what’s happening.”
Just last week Nine announced Vautin, Erin Molan, Beau Ryan and Darryl Brohman would be returning for a 25th season.
THE NRL FOOTY SHOW
The NRL Footy Show also returns for its 25th season in 2018, with all the latest breaking stories and loads of fun from the world of rugby league. Each week Paul “Fatty” Vautin, Erin Molan, Beau Ryan and Darryl “Big Marn” Brohman will be joined by some of the biggest names in the game, including Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater, as they provide expert analysis on all the matches.
“Nine will be broadcasting 23 Thursday night NRL games in 2018 and so the NRL Footy Show will have a new look and feel to reflect the games the audience have just enjoyed watching,” Nine said in a statement 2 days later.
“The exact format of The Footy Show and appearing talent is still to be determined.
Updated via Nine’s own The Fix, Erin Molan said, “”For starters this is all news to me, I haven’t been told anything about what the show will be doing next year — what direction it will be taking — or what the role will be.
“I understand there will be changes, but regarding who will be there or who won’t be there, I honestly have absolutely no idea at this stage,” she added. “I have not been told.”