MOLAN’S KICK­ING GOALS ON FOOTY SHOW

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE COUCH - / JAMES WIGNEY

FATTY Vautin is watch­ing his back. The vet­eran Footy Show host, now in his 22nd year in the chair, has had plenty of part­ners in crime on the panel since the rugby league en­ter­tain­ment pro­gram kicked off in the mid-1990s.

But for the first time, this sea­son Vautin is seated along­side a full-time, fe­male co-host, Erin Molan, pic­tured, who has been steadily work­ing her way up the show’s ranks since join­ing in 2012. In fact, now that Michael Slater has va­cated the co-host’s chair af­ter three years in the job, there’s only one seat on the panel she hasn’t oc­cu­pied — Vautin’s.

“I have no­ticed in the last three years she has moved from be­ing part time, to be­ing right down the end of the panel, she moved up one last year, and now she has moved up an­other one this year,” Vautin says.

Vautin is adamant that Molan is there for her work ethic and knowl­edge rather than to ad­dress any per­ceived gen­der im­bal­ance.

“She’s a real fan and she knows her stuff,” says Vautin ad­mir­ingly. “And she has worked hard to get where she is and she de­serves to be there. She is more than hold­ing her own — she is a real tal­ent.” THE FOOTY SHOW, CHAN­NEL 9, THURS­DAY, MID­NIGHT

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