Nine has axed the NRL Footy Show ending its 24 year run.
Nine’s Director of Sport Tom Malone said: “It’s been an incredible ride for The Footy Show. A quarter of a century of laughs, controversy and first-class footy analysis. I want to thank everyone who has contributed to this amazing era of live sports-entertainment television – from producers, editors, camera operators, the players, guests and of course the legendary hosts.
“Fatty holds the record for the longest serving host of any prime time Australian TV show – a tribute to both his understanding of the game, his authenticity, and not to mention his incredible comedic timing. In recent years, Erin has equally brought a new energy, perspective and showed her passion for the game.”
The Daily Telegraph reports host Erin Molan is in negotiations for other hosting roles while Nine is tipped to keep late night show 100% Footy hosted by James Bracey and panellist Phil Gould.
The Footy Show first went to air in 1994 and has won the Logie award for most popular sports programme 11 times.
But plans to reinvent the show after dumping longtime host Paul “Fatty” Vautin last year failed to ignite ratings.
Nine indicates it will launch two new post-match shows to follow Thursday Night Football and Friday Night Football, “with a strong emphasis of being at the ground, and interacting with players, fans and coaches.”
The news now puts the AFL Footy Show in the spotlight after its run of disappointing ratings and a “resignation / non-resignation” by veteran star Sam Newman.