The (allegedly) last ever AFL Footy Show wrapped at 11:30pm last night at Rod Laver Arena with returning favourite Trevor Marmalade, a laryngitis-stricken Rebecca Maddern and a player revue with Shane Crawford as Elton John.
Eddie McGuire was clearly happy to be back at the helm alongside Sam Newman -who had been trending all day over insulting comments on 16 year old climate change advocate Greta Thunberg.
Brendan Fevola, Billy Brownless, Doug Hawkins were along for the ride along with guests James Reyne Birds of Tokyo, Scared Weird Little Guys and Mike Brady.
Trevor Marmalade returned with a stand-up routine before joining the panel for his trademark wisecracks. He later admitted, “I’d forgotten how much fun this was.”
Rod Laver Arena was a little over half full for the final hurrah which was billed as a tribute to 25 years of entertainment. For most of that run the show drew stellar ratings and Live TV, but with more than its share of controversies usually aligned with Newman.
Despite no lead-up to the special in recent weeks, Nine still turned on a crowd-pleaser pitched at its core fanbase, or at least the half reminiscing about better days.
Photos: Les O’Rourke.