MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 08: Darryl Brohman, Beau Ryan, Erin Molan and Paul Vautin pose with the Logie Award for Best Sports Program 'The NRL Footy Show' during the 58th Annual Logie Awards at Crown Palladium on May 8, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

After 25 years on broadcast television, the NRL Footy Show is no more.

Reports surfacing today suggest Channel 9 are set to axe the once popular show after another disastrous year of poor ratings.

The network had hopes a new revamped show with presenter Erin Molan as hostess, taking over the role from Paul ‘Fatty’ Vautin, who was the heart and soul of the show for the previous 24 years, but things didn’t go as planned.

The NRL Footy Show first aired in 1994 and was a smash hit for the station, with the show winning the Logie award for the most popular sports programme 11 times.

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However, Channel 9 look set to keep the late night Monday programme, 100% Footy, which is hosted by James Bracey and Penrith Panthers manager Phil Gould.

The Footy Show was already running on a reduced budget for 2018 and each week were struggling for ratings.

Things got so bad, network star Andrew Johns quit the show half-way from the season, meanwhile Bracey took over as host for six weeks in July with Molan on-leave for the birth of her child.

With the show almost certain to not be renewed, Molan is currently in negotiations with Channel 9 over new contracts for other news hosting opportunities.

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The Footy Show was a launch pad for Vautin and co-host Peter Sterling’s media careers, with the show being built around their fun personalities and crazy antics.

No confirmation of this axing has yet been communicated through Nine, but it is understood by the Daily Telegraph the network is expected to confirm the news later on today.

11 COMMENTS

  1. I watched around 3-4 episodes when Erin Molan took over as host but that was it after struggling to stay interested.

  2. What did they expect after continually cutting the budget? Of course the quality of the show will get worse and ratings continue plummeting.

  3. I watched the first episode this year and never again.if it wasn’t already deal Molan difinately made sure it was neve going for another year.

    Really bad show at the best of times

    Yep Matty Johns +1

  4. I only watched the footy show coz of Fatty, he was the only one on there who made me laugh. Once they got rid of him, I lost interest in it completely with the bonehead bores of molan, Girdler, Mason & Co.

  5. This show should have been put out of it’s misery years ago. Erin Molan was thrown into it to try and save it – but it was dead a long time ago.

  6. I started losing interest when that idiot Beau Ryan’s joined. I mean, really, did I really need to have that arse of his shoved into my face?? And Erin… She just follows the tele promptor and cue card, asks questions and laughs at nothing – just put there to please the politically correct brigade! She contributes nothing. Ah yes… I remember the good old days of Mahatma Cote, Reg Reagan and the anti adds…

  7. Hell yes Parra they where the good days for sure. an when Matty Johns Sterlo An the chief where on there. It was Really funny easy to watch an the could all talk footy. I didn’t miss one in them days,but now I think I watched the first one An that was it. They lost the show when Matty Johns Sterlo, Chief An even Mario left. Go the Matty Johns show I don’t miss it now 👌🏽

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