Will anyone actually miss the old Footy Show?

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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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