Axe swings in Footy Show shock

Welp Channel Nine Is Reportedly Set To Swing The Axe On ‘The Footy Show

Nine has refuted reports that suggest The Footy Show has been axed from after 24 years on-air.

It is believed Vautin, who is Australia's longest-serving television host, will retain a role doing commentary for live NRL matches.

The new show is said to be more focused on the game itself than the hijinks and humour of past iterations, something which may claw back the traditional base which had moved on the a raft of quality programming at Fox Sports over the a year ago or so.

After nearly a quarter of a century of ex-footballers talking football and performing slapstick comedy, the NRL Footy Show is set to be replaced by a more focused show hosted by Nine's rising sports star, Erin Molan. Others at Nine insisted it had not because The Footy Show brand was so iconic.

Entertainment reporter Pete Ford said on Twitter that Nine's new Thursday rugby league show would be "more about discussion/analysis but less entertainment in style".

Nine's Sunday Footy Show hosted by James Bracey will continue.

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The NRL Footy Show was once a "must see" event on Channel Nine - even for non-rugby league lovers - but the ratings have slipped from a reported 370,000 a week to as low as 80,000.

Only last week, Nine's publicity department declared The Footy Show, which has won 11 Logies, would return in 2018 on Thursday nights.

In 2014, Erin became a permanent co-host, alongside Paul, Darryl Brohman, Beau Ryan and Michael Slater.

There's also the quiet word that Nine will attempt to launch a Monday night NRL panel show, the equivalent of the network's existing AFL-based Footy Classified.

In case the lead image hasn't already tipped you off, this yarn (sadly) isn't about the objectively bad AFL incarnation of The Footy Show, much as we're loathe to say.

"Nine will be broadcasting 23 Thursday night NRL games in 2018 and so the NRL Footy Show will have a new look and feel to reflect the games the audience have just enjoyed watching", the statement reads.

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