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.
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.
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.