Channel Nine’s The Footy Show is said to be ratings disaster, particularly in Sydney, with only an average audience of 77,000.
And now the network is facing pressure by fans to reinstate veteran host Paul ‘Fatty’ Vautin, following Erin Molan’s promotion this year.
A Facebook petition, titled ‘Footy show boycott, Bring back the Fat’, has attracted close to 24,000 likes, and seen a common thread of viewers wanting the blonde beauty to be axed.
Is Erin facing the AXE already? Channel Nine’s The Footy Show is facing increasing pressure by fans to bring back Paul ‘Fatty’ Vautin, as ratings continue to plummet following Molan’s [pictured] promotion
A post shared to the social media site earlier this month, saw die-hard Footy Show fans urging for the sports program to be ‘brought back to life’.
‘We are boycotting the footy show to bring it back to life, get rid of [Erin] Molan and bring back Fatty Vautin, he was treated with disrespect and we aren’t watching the show without him,’ the post began.
‘Since Molan came on, the Footy Show went down hill and turned more into a drama than what it’s [to be] about.
Veteran: Paul ‘Fatty’ Vautin, 58, had hosted the Channel Nine show for 23 years
‘Why they’re at it they can bring back crack a fat, if enough people jump on board I will be sending our protest/boycott to nrl footy show producer and channel nine, I believe this will be the last year of the footy show if Erin stays,’ they went on to say.
Viewers flocked to the comments section, with one writing: ‘Bring back the fat and the big marn [Darryl Brohman]. Get rid of Molan and the other PC stooges.’
Another followed suit with: ‘Haven’t watched it without him [Paul Vautin] on the show and won’t.’
Online: A Facebook petition, titled Footy show boycott, Bring back the Fat, sees viewers voice their distaste over Erin’s promotion as host. The page has attracted nearly 24,000 likes
However some appeared to sit on the fence, with one posting: ‘With no disrespect to Erin Molan I definitely miss ‘THE FAT’ The show just isn’t the same.’
Daily Mail Australia has reached out to the Nine Network for comment.
The petition comes amid plummeting ratings for the show, with a steady 26 per cent decline since last year.
Flocking to the comments section, one wrote: ‘Haven’t watched it without him [Paul Vautin] on the show and won’t’
Another followed with: ‘Bring back the fat and the big marn [Darryl Brohman] and the other PC stooges’
Thursday night’s episode drew in an average audience of 77,000 in Sydney, following on from 82,000 in the second week, and 88,000 in the premiere week.
And on Friday, Beau Ryan, 32, who was a regular on the panel, admitted on The Kyle and Jackie O Show, that he has no idea whether he’s set to return.
‘I don’t know if you have seen our show but I haven’t been on lately, I don’t know what’s going on,’ he told co-hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson.
‘I’ve been doing the Stan stuff last night, I’ve been working with you guys, I haven’t been on the show for the last few weeks,’ Beau said.
‘I didn’t get a chair obviously in the first week, which I don’t care about, that’s all good we will get one.’
‘Are you on next week?’ Jackie ‘O’ Henderson asked.
‘I don’t know, so I don’t know what’s going on,’ Beau repeated before joking: ‘I told them my focus was on radio.’
In the dark: On Friday, Beau Ryan, 32, who was a regular on the panel, admitted on The Kyle and Jackie O Show, that he has no idea whether he’s set to return: ‘I don’t know if you have seen our show but I haven’t been on lately, I don’t know what’s going on’