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.”
Nine today announced The NRL Footy Show will not return next year. https://t.co/DWWi0Gox65
— The NRL Footy Show (@NRLFootyShow) October 2, 2018
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….
Molan will reportedly remain with Nine and according to The Daily Telegraph, she is negotiating a new contract.