2019-02-24 by W.M.
Radio host confirmed as Footy Show saviour
Radio host and comedian Anthony “Lehmo” Lehmann will be hosting the 2019 Footy Show, fresh reports have revealed.
The Herald Sun confirmed the beloved funnyman will front up for Channel Nine in the network’s bid to revive the old panel show format, sitting alongside AFL great Brendan Fevola in a new-look approach to Monday night television.
Wheelchair tennis star Dylan Alcott, who is currently a regular across a wide range of radio and television shows in Australia, will also join the pair on the panel for the upcoming season.
The news came days after rumours of a move led by former host Craig Hutchison to shake up the old format surfaced.
The Herald Sun reports Hutchison, who leads Melbourne-based company Crocmedia, is in ongoing talks with Channel Nine about a fresh concept to the panel-driven football broadcast. The network has reportedly agreed to Hutchison’s new format, which will include a number of the league’s most recognisable faces.
Hawthorn great Jarryd Roughead has reportedly been linked to the program, which is rumoured to be planned for a Monday night weekly broadcast.
Richmond defender Alex Rance and Blues star Sam Docherty have reportedly also been targeted for the show.
The program’s future has been the talk of the football community after hitting the skids late last year.
Host Eddie McGuire made the announcement the show would be replaced in the off-season in December. The Collingwood boss he also confirmed long-time partner Sam Newman will return next year in a similarly-reduced capacity on the new version of the iconic program.
Channel 9 has made the bold move to usher in a new era with a new weekly football program team.
McGuire and Newman will only feature sporadically throughout the 2019 season.
The 54-year-old said there will be just four Footy Show specials next year. Channel 9’s new weekly AFL entertainment show will be something else entirely.
“We’re going to have a completely new format next year,” McGuire said on The Hot Breakfast.
“We’re going to have an expanded Footy Show format.
“It will be a completely new take on what footy shows need to be going forward.”
He told Nine’s Today he will only host a series of Footy Show “specials” throughout the year, but will leave weekly hosting duties to a new team.
He said the decision was made because of Nine’s busy 2019 sporting calendar, where the network will carry the 2019 Ashes series in England and the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England — all during prime time.