Will anyone actually miss the old Footy Show?

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By Adam Bagnall, Adam Bagnall is a Roar Pro

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    The death of the Footy Show came yesterday with Channel Nine axing the show and announcing host Paul ‘Fatty’ Vautin to be used sparingly in 2018 as a commentator.

    For me, this was a long time coming, as the show hasn’t been funny, memorable or worth watching for over a decade. Beau Ryan was funny for about five seconds, the Big Marn likeable, but easily replaced and Erin Molan, while professional and good at her job, lacking in any personality.

    Like The Simpsons, the Footy Show has been around long after it stopped being funny and relevant, tarnishing the previous years of brilliant skits and memorable moments.

    To see just how far the once-great show has fallen, jump onto YouTube and I’m sure you will be able to find plenty of laughs from the show’s first ten years, easily their best work.

    Who could forget the infamous chilli eating, with Sterlo’s nose dripping like a tap, and Chief bravely trying to read out the team line-up?

    How bad, but funny, were the anti-ads, and it’s clear that Reg Regan was the best when it came to Street Talk.

    Daredevil Dudes/Beat the Boys, Snow Trips, the Footy Show was a staple of Thursday nights.

    Watching Fatty stumble over the most basic of sentences live on air used to be hilarious, but the show has been watered down so much that he barely has time to make a joke these days.

    Perfect Partners was the one segment I enjoyed from the recent years, and they even removed that.

    The loss the loss of Matt Johns, Peter Sterling and Paul Harragon in quick succession signalled the downfall of the show, with their replacements a big step down in quality.

    Beau Ryan was a very average footballer, and he just isn’t funny, not nearly as funny as he seems to think he is.

    Darryl Brohman is on to do those feel-good stories that anyone could do, and while Erin Molan is a breath of fresh air on a male-dominated show she is awkward and I find it hard to relate to her as a viewer, it doesn’t bode well if she is to host a new show in 2018.

    Yvonne Sampson is a much better on-air talent and it’s a shame she was lost to Fox Sports, she did a great job on the Sunday Footy Show last year.

    The problem with the Footy Show is they hung onto Fatty, a guy who retired way back in 1991, far too long.

    How many viewers in their 20’s would remember Fatty’s playing days, or Brohman’s for that matter?

    Both are out of touch with today’s society and Channel Nine should have eased Matt Johns into hosting duties many years ago, and the show may have been saved.

    Johns, alongside the likes of Ryan Girdler, Jason Stevens would have been a decent line-up for me, with a new line-up every few years or so to keep the show fresh.

    If you still have a DVD player, I personally haven’t owned one in a long time, grab a copy of The Footy Show Best of 1994-2002 it’s a real treat, and a shadow of the the current show.

    Farewell Footy Show, you will not be missed.

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    • October 19th 2017 @ 3:15am
      Ad-0 said | October 19th 2017 @ 3:15am | ! Report

      Oh. Hell. No! It’s a national embarassment.

    • October 19th 2017 @ 6:58am
      Not so super said | October 19th 2017 @ 6:58am | ! Report

      Both are out of touch with today’s society

      They are not

    • October 19th 2017 @ 7:31am
      Greg Ambrose said | October 19th 2017 @ 7:31am | ! Report

      80,000 will probably miss it.

    • October 19th 2017 @ 7:45am
      Fox Lvy said | October 19th 2017 @ 7:45am | ! Report

      well done to them, they did their best and gave their all.thats all l can say!

    • October 19th 2017 @ 8:10am
      Mike Dugg said | October 19th 2017 @ 8:10am | ! Report

      Erin Molan is the greatest NRL footy show host since Fatty Vautin

      • October 19th 2017 @ 10:16am
        Ron Norton said | October 19th 2017 @ 10:16am | ! Report

        That doesn’t say much at Erin’s talent then does it?

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      October 19th 2017 @ 10:24am
      Nat said | October 19th 2017 @ 10:24am | ! Report

      Adam this a bit of a miserable piece. You may as well write “who of you Ford fans care that Holden has shut it doors in Australia” It’s not your cup of tea and that’s fair enough but don’t mock those who are establishing a media career for themselves and have now, along with dozens of off camera talent, lost their job. For your sake I hope you don’t lose your job and someone goes public with ‘Who Cares’ piece.

      • October 20th 2017 @ 7:49am
        Adam Bagnall said | October 20th 2017 @ 7:49am | ! Report

        Appreciate the feedback, however if you read the article I say that I did enjoy the show at one stage. I did in fact lose my old job at a small paper, but it didn’t get much coverage. This is a sports opinion site so I’m not sure what you were expecting apart from a sports opinion. I never mocked Erin, in fact I think she is very professional, as the article reads, but I personally find it hard to resonate with her, as others do.

        • October 26th 2017 @ 7:10am
          Chook said | October 26th 2017 @ 7:10am | ! Report

          I enjoyed it to in 1995. I don’t think I have seen an episode since 97

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