The future of two Footy Show specials to be hosted by Eddie McGuire & Sam Newman is unclear following the axing of the long-running weekly version on Thursday night.
Nine has been planning for three specials, including its annual MyRoom Telethon, and a Grand Final edition traditionally held at Rod Laver Arena. When Nine revamped the show, McGuire indicated he and Newman would feature in the three specials.
Yesterday Nine sources would only confirm the telethon would proceed, likely to be in August (it’s unclear if it will be under a Footy Show banner). But decisions hover over the two other specials.
The Footy Show cast, Andrew ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann, Neroli Meadows, Brendan Fevola, Dylan Alcott and Shane Crawford, were all given the bad news after they concluded the show on Thursday. Nine sent a release to media not long afterwards.
Both Lehmann and McGuire have praised the crew, many of whom are freelancers, for their longevity with the Live show.
“I really feel for the crew,” Lehmo told MMM yesterday. “Some of those people have been there for 25 years and thy lost their jobs last night. That made me sadder than anything.”
Eddie McGuire agreed the experienced crew made he and Sam Newman succeed.
“They made us look good. Gary Newnham has been a director from the very first show to last night. There’s a great legacy there,” he said.
There have been calls on social media to farewell the show’s history with a spectacular send-off. McGuire has also pledged support for Newman to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but this year’s submissions put forward by networks has already been locked down by TV Week.