12 Only Fev kicks on

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CHAN­NEL 9’s The Footy Show evo­lu­tion could be­come a Fev-olu­tion with only one mem­ber of this year’s show ex­pected to be reg­u­larly in­volved with the net­work’s new AFL night-time of­fer­ing.

For­mer Carl­ton hero-turne­dra­dio-star Bren­dan Fevola is tipped to be the sole sur­vivor of the re­build of the trou­bled Thurs­day night show.

But who will host the new show re­mains un­clear.

Fevola is part way through a twoyear deal with Nine and his sense of fun and strong footy opin­ions made him the stand­out of this year’s of­ten patchy of­fer­ing.

Billy Brown­less is ex­pected to stay with Nine as part of an ex­tended The Sun­day Footy Show, while Shane Craw­ford, whose ver­sa­til­ity is highly val­ued, is ex­pected to con­tinue his strong re­la­tion­ship with Nine via Wide World of Sports, Post­cards and Kids’ WB.

Chris Judd is un­likely to be part of the new show, how­ever his ex­pert in­sight won’t be lost to view­ers. It is un­der­stood the Brown­low Medal­list will re­main with Footy Clas­si­fied, a show that con­cerns it­self with con­sid­ered footy de­bate rather than pranks and off-tan­gent waf­fle.

Dane Swan is not ex­pected to be part of the new prod­uct, nor is Har­vey Sil­ver who was The Footy Show’s su­per­vis­ing pro­ducer this year.

“All those long­time favourites will be stay­ing,” a source said. “There is still plenty of work go­ing on be­hind the scenes with the new show.”

Ed­die McGuire an­nounced on Fri­day he would not be in­volved in the new mid­week, prime-time show, in­stead mov­ing to helm a se­ries of The Footy Show spe­cials.

McGuire’s pro­duc­tion com­pany, JAM TV, will how­ever pro­duce The Footy Show, The Sun­day Footy Show, Footy Clas­si­fied and The Footy Show spe­cials. It is ex­pected the Grand Fi­nal Footy Show ex­trav­a­ganza will be one of the spe­cials, along with The Footy Show: My Room Telethon.

Sam New­man, who has signed a two-year deal with Nine, will be in­volved in the spe­cials, as well as con­tribut­ing to The Sun­day Footy Show.

One com­pli­cat­ing fac­tor for Nine, as it tries to launch a new footy show, and its ri­val Chan­nel 7 is next year’s AFL fix­ture, which has Thurs­day night games sched­uled for the first five rounds of the 2019 sea­son. There are matches sched­uled for a to­tal of eight Thurs­day nights dur­ing the sea­son.

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JUST two days af­ter be­ing named host of the Academy Awards, co­me­dian Kevin Hart has stepped down fol­low­ing an out­cry over his past ho­mo­pho­bic tweets.

Cap­ping a swift and dra­matic fall­out, Hart posted on Twit­ter yes­ter­day that he was with­draw­ing as Os­cars host be­cause he didn’t want to be a dis­trac­tion.

“I sin­cerely apol­o­gise to the LGBTQ com­mu­nity for my in- sen­si­tive words from my past,” he wrote.

Hart, who is in Aus­tralia for a com­edy tour, also tweeted: “The ul­ti­mate mea­sure of a man is not where he stands in mo­ments of com­fort and con­ve­nience, but where he stands at times of chal­lenge and con­tro­versy. Martin Luther King, Jr”.

Ear­lier, the co­me­dian had re­fused to apol­o­gise for the tweets, which resur­faced this week af­ter he was an­nounced as Os­cars host.

As The Academy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sciences now scram­bles to find a re­place­ment host, Aus­tralian co­me­dian Han­nah Gadsby has emerged as a dark horse con­tender af­ter steal­ing the show at the Emmy Awards in Septem­ber. The last Aus­tralian to host the Os­cars was Hugh Jack­man in 2009, while Paul Ho­gan did it in 1987.

A JUDGE will let pros­e­cu­tors add an ad­di­tional charge of in­ten­tional mur­der to the case of a for­mer Min­neapo­lis po­lice of­fi­cer who fa­tally shot an Aus­tralian woman last year.Judge Kathryn Quain­tance ruled yes­ter­day pros­e­cu­tors could amend their com­plaint against Mo­hamed Noor to add a charge of sec­ond­de­gree in­ten­tional mur­der. Kevin Hart

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