The NRL Footy Show’s 25-year run on Australian television has come to an end, with the Nine Network dumping the struggling rugby league program.

Channel Nine released a statement on Tuesday confirming the show won’t return next year.

“It’s been an incredible ride for The Footy Show,” said Nine director of sport Tom Malone. 

“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 long-running Thursday night show endured poor ratings again this season after presenter Erin Molan succeeded Paul Vautin as host.

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Just want to personally thank everyone and anyone that contributed to the Footy Show over the last 25 years. I grew up idolising Matty Johns, Sterlo, Chief and to work with Fatty was a dream come true. Erin and Big Marn are two of the nicest people I’ve ever met and I’m sure they will continue to have success. Also, a huge thanks to everyone who worked on the show on and off camera and the entire ch 9 network. But finally I want to thank the fans. The people I met along the way. The supporters, the punters, the fanatics, the men, the women and the kids that made my job so enjoyable. I loved every second of it and I’m forever grateful. Footy Show, thanks for the memories, and in the meantime if anyone needs me I’ll be halfway up the Centrelink queue….

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Molan will reportedly remain with Nine and according to The Daily Telegraph, she is negotiating a new contract. 

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