Rarely do you see breathy online headlines along the lines of “Everyone agrees! Great work!” So reports of audiences aggressively hating on TV presenter Erin Molan in her gig as the new host of The Footy Show are disappointing but wholly unsurprising.
But before we run away with the “What a disaster!” narrative, let’s all just take a beat. In taking the seat of 23-year veteran Paul “Fatty” Vautin, Molan was always going to be the underdog. Throw in a challenging new timeslot and reduced budget and the mum-to-be is basically up against it from the starter’s whistle.
For sure, there’s a whiff of misogyny in the air, too. Seeming to blame Molan for on-air technical difficulties during the March 22 broadcast is just unfair. So while audiences adjust to seeing a woman calling the shots— and not a bloke dressed up like one—perhaps we should give her some more time in the game.