After much speculation, Channel 9 finally confirms that Erin Molan will replace Paul 'Fatty' Vautin as the official host of the popular Australian sports program.
In a statement, Molan revealed she was excited about the huge new role. "I’m thrilled to be hosting a new-look Footy Show. It is a huge honour and one I am incredibly excited about. I am a journalist first and foremost and cannot wait to focus a bit more on football, but of course still, have loads of fun."
"The panel will feature the best commentators, former and current players the game has to offer – and it will be a privilege to pick their brains – plus the best journalists with breaking news every week,” the 35-year-old continued.
Molan will also be joined on the panel by members of the Wide World of Sports commentary team as well as former and current players in the new format of The Footy Show. Fan favourites, Beau Ryan and Darryl “The Big Marn” Brohmann will also return to our screens and resume their popular segments.
Meanwhile, Vautin is set to return to the Wide World of Sports commentary box, where he began with the network 25 years ago.
The new NRL Footy Show Executive Producer, Andy O’Brien, also opened up about the changes to the show.
“It’s extremely exciting to be part of the new era of such an endeared television program. We are working hard to create a show which honours the Footy Show’s rich heritage whilst reflecting the game and its fans in 2018 and beyond,” he said.
The Footy Show will air in 2018 after Channel 9's regular Thursday night NRL games.