It’s been a steady fixture on Aussie screens for the last 25 years, but as ratings continue to slump, Channel 9 has now confirmed it is axing The NRL Footy Show from next year.
The TV show, hosted by Erin Molan, who took over from long-term host Paul “Fatty” Vautin earlier this year, sees a panel of experts weigh in on the week’s sports highlights and lowlights – bringing comedy value to viewers throughout.
However, Channel 9 has now confirmed it won’t return next year – with the network instead putting a greater focus on “revolutionising” its coverage of rugby league.
“It’s been an incredible ride for The Footy Show. A quarter of a century of laughs, controversy and first-class footy analysis,” Nine’s Director of Sport Tom Malone said.
“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.”
While Fatty recently returned to the commentary box, Channel 9 have confirmed that Molan will now join the Wide World of Sports team, covering everything from rugby league and netball, to tennis and cricket.
Malone added: “Erin is a star and a great broadcaster. She’s going to take an even more prominent role on Nine’s sports broadcasts going forward.”
The Footy Show first aired in 1994, before winning a Logie for Most Popular Sports Programme an incredible 11 times.
Meanwhile, focusing heavily on rugby league, Wide World of Sports will now launch two new post-match shows to follow Thursday Night Football and Friday Night Football, Channel 9 confirmed.