Axe swings in Footy Show shock

The rugby league television bombshell comes less than one week after Channel 9 announced the AFL Footy Show will be returning in 2018.

The Daily Telegraph reports The NRL Footy Show Thursday night format is set to be axed after key figures, including host Paul Vautin, were told they will not be needed next year.

Fairfax media reports

The report claims Vautin will see out his contract for 2018 in a diminished role as a live football commentator.

The incredible backflip comes after Nine last week promoted The Footy Show in its 2018 advertising promotion.

Nine trumpeted the news Vautin, Erin Molan, Beau Ryan and Darryl Brohman would be returning for a 25th season.

The Daily Telegraph's Phil Rothfield writes Nine's rugby league programing will actually be expanded in 2018 with a Monday night news and weekend review set to follow a similar format to the network's Footy Classified Monday night program on Monday nights.

It is a bid to go head to head with Fox League's Monday night with Matthew Johns.

According to reports the network will continue to run a live rugby league show on Thursday night under a re-launched title that will be hosted by Molan.


Nine NRL Launch
Nine NRL Launch

The network last week claimed it will be also sticking with its star-studded rugby league commentary team, including Ray Warren and Phil Gould.

Star analysts Andrew Johns, Darren Lockyer, Peter Sterling, Wally Lewis and Brad Fittler will also return.

Commentators Ray Hadley and Mat Thompson will continue to call live matches.

"The NRL Footy Show also returns for its 25th season in 2018, with all the latest breaking stories and loads of fun from the world of rugby league," Nine said in a statement last week.

"Each week Paul "Fatty" Vautin, Erin Molan, Beau Ryan and Darryl "Big Marn" Brohman will be joined by some of the biggest names in the game, including Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater, as they provide expert analysis on all the matches."

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