Paul ‘Fatty’ Vautin reportedly axed from Nine’s Footy Show

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    Well known Channel Nine personality and former rugby league player Paul Vautin has been sacked from the NRL Footy Show according to a News Limited report.

    There was speculation the show had been axed completely after falling ratings but it appears Erin Molan will step into ‘Fatty’s’ role in a brand new format.

    It’s expected Vautin will stay on for match commentary during the season as he has another year left on his contract.

    Nine confirmed four days ago that the show was to be revamped but didn’t mention that would include cutting the show’s host of 24 years.

    “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,” Nine said in a statement.

    “The exact format of The Footy Show and appearing talent is still to be determined.”

    Nine’s apparent push to promote Molan comes after the network lost another talented female presenter, Yvonne Sampson, to Fox Sports.

    However, the network did manage to recently poach Peter Sterling from Fox in an exclusive contract.

    It’s yet to be confirmed which on-air talent will join Molan on the 2018 Footy Show but the new format will most definitely tie into Nine’s Thursday night football coverage, as well as a bonus Monday night show, which is rumoured to be similar to the AFL’s version of Footy Classified.

    The Sunday Footy Show will remain unchanged.

    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.

    It has won 11 Logies.

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    • Roar Rookie

      October 17th 2017 @ 3:24pm
      Squidward said | October 17th 2017 @ 3:24pm | ! Report

      Lisa Wilkinson to step up to the plate and host with Peter Fitzsimons in the Beau role

      • October 17th 2017 @ 3:57pm
        Luke Bartolo said | October 17th 2017 @ 3:57pm | ! Report

        lisa has signed with ch 10 in case you haven’t know

        • October 17th 2017 @ 4:00pm
          KingCowboy said | October 17th 2017 @ 4:00pm | ! Report

          I don’t think he is serious Bud!

          • Roar Rookie

            October 17th 2017 @ 5:46pm
            Squidward said | October 17th 2017 @ 5:46pm | ! Report

            It’s amazing that something so obvious can still go over heads

    • October 17th 2017 @ 3:31pm
      Larry1950 said | October 17th 2017 @ 3:31pm | ! Report

      As a card carrying maroon, it’s not a moment to soon. One of my favourite players (saw him score a 60m try for Wests panthers before manly nabbed him) but you can only milk the head wobble, crass innuendo, cross-dressing etc for so long and 20 years is enough.
      If the show stays, comparing Molan to Sampson is like comparing soda water to champagne, Fox won that battle by a country mile.

      • October 17th 2017 @ 3:38pm
        Benji said | October 17th 2017 @ 3:38pm | ! Report

        Yeah someone would tell Squidward that WIlko left yesterday or was that attempted humour?

    • Roar Guru

      October 17th 2017 @ 3:48pm
      Riley Pettigrew said | October 17th 2017 @ 3:48pm | ! Report

      I haven’t watched the show in years and don’t miss it. Sorry to Erin Molan but she is nowhere near as talented as Sampson, Pitt, Yates and Hollis over on League Life. The Footy Show is horrible, purely made up of stupid, unfunny jokes. If Emma Freedman were to replace Erin Molan I’d watch though, she does a great job on Sports Sunday.

      I think there’s a place for The Footy Show, just not in it’s current format or with it’s current hosts.

      • October 17th 2017 @ 4:04pm
        KingCowboy said | October 17th 2017 @ 4:04pm | ! Report

        They should have taken back Matty Johns when they had the chance. He is so far ahead of anyone else with both his wit and his footy knowledge. Lara Pitt is by far my favorite female reporter. She is top notch!

        • Roar Rookie

          October 18th 2017 @ 12:40pm
          catcat said | October 18th 2017 @ 12:40pm | ! Report

          me too…like Lara Pitt, very knowledgeable and direct. Fox have it by a mile with Sampson, Pitt, Ennis, and can’t wait for Cooper Cronk when he starts. Nine like popular. Fox go for quality.

      • October 17th 2017 @ 4:07pm
        terrence said | October 17th 2017 @ 4:07pm | ! Report

        RP, you’re easily impressed, Sampson, Yates, Pitt and Hollis are at best, community TV level.

      • October 17th 2017 @ 4:21pm
        big daddy said | October 17th 2017 @ 4:21pm | ! Report

        Riley, There’s enough nepotism already on channel 9. If emma came on board uncle Richie would also be on. If this is true can he please take beau ryan with him.

      • October 17th 2017 @ 10:33pm
        Jeff dustby said | October 17th 2017 @ 10:33pm | ! Report

        Emma freedman is woeful and the proud recipient of nepotism

      • Roar Rookie

        October 18th 2017 @ 11:26am
        At work said | October 18th 2017 @ 11:26am | ! Report

        In terms of the female league talent, Fox have it all over Nine.
        If Nine are going to have Molan hosting a show, they’ll need some strong support acts around her (and that doesn’t include Beau Ryan). They should just copy the Matty Johns show format.

      • October 19th 2017 @ 2:09pm
        Worlds Biggest said | October 19th 2017 @ 2:09pm | ! Report

        I’m with you Riley, haven’t watched it in years as the continual childish, inane theme lost me. There is a place for a Footy Show if they actually discuss the game !!

    • October 17th 2017 @ 4:22pm
      steve said | October 17th 2017 @ 4:22pm | ! Report

      Pretty sure I just read that the whole NRL Footy Show has been canned, not just Fatty.

      • October 17th 2017 @ 4:30pm
        tigranes said | October 17th 2017 @ 4:30pm | ! Report

        Lets face it the Footy Show was toilet bowl humour.

        It should have been canned 20 years ago. The fact it hasnt reflects badly on NSW tv audiences.

        • October 17th 2017 @ 5:06pm
          steve said | October 17th 2017 @ 5:06pm | ! Report


        • October 17th 2017 @ 10:34pm
          Jeff dustby said | October 17th 2017 @ 10:34pm | ! Report

          It’s on in Qld too

      • Roar Guru

        October 17th 2017 @ 7:15pm
        Emcie said | October 17th 2017 @ 7:15pm | ! Report

        It a revamp…

    • October 17th 2017 @ 4:39pm
      RandyM said | October 17th 2017 @ 4:39pm | ! Report

      it’s amazing he has lasted so long, he’s been on the nose for well over 10 years now

      A good panel would be – Sterlo (he wont come back though), Ryan Girdler, M. Johns, can’t think of a woman right now, maybe Ruan simms maybe Tony Squires … though i know a lot of people dont like him

      no fatty, no tallis, no big marn, no beau, no sailor, no molan and whatever other regulars they have.

    • October 17th 2017 @ 4:46pm
      big daddy said | October 17th 2017 @ 4:46pm | ! Report

      The old conspiracy theory. Ray Hadley is a special.

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