Channel Nine boots The Footy Show

After another poor year, Channel Nine has decided to get rid of the NRL Footy Show.

The show first went to air in 1994 and won the Logie for the most popular sports programme 11 times.

It’s undergone a facelift in recent years with original host Paul “Fatty” Vautin replaced by Erin Molan.


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In a statement, Channel Nine says she’ll stay with the broadcaster and help with their other sports coverage.

Nine’s Director of Sport Tom Malon said it’s been an “incredible ride”.

“A quarter of a century of laughs, controversy and first-class footy analysis,” he 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.”

He paid special tribute to Fatty Vautin and said he’ll continue to work with Nine.

“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,” Mr Malone said.

The broadcaster also announced there’ll be new programs as part of their Rugby League coverage in 2019, including two new post-match shows to follow Thursday and Friday night football.

These programs will primarily focus on that night’s games and include plenty of interaction with players, fans and coaches.

After stints with the ABC and AAP, Mitchell joined 1029 Hot Tomato in 2017. He’ll be out and about bringing you the news that matters on the Coast.

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Bring back fat sterlo and the chief