12 Only Fev kicks on
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