The Footy Show will return in 2019 — but not as we have come to know it.
Eddie McGuire announced on Friday morning the long running show would continue on next year, despite poor ratings in 2018.
However, the Collingwood president explained the format of the show — and, indeed the panellists on it — would be undergoing renovation.
A weekly football show will still feature throughout the AFL season, but McGuire won’t front the program.
Instead, McGuire and Sam Newman will host a number of ‘Footy Show specials’ throughout the season, capturing the big moments that come to define AFL in 2019.
“We’re going to have a completely new format next year,” McGuire revealed on Triple M.
“We’re going to have an expanded Footy Show format.
“I’m so excited. We’re going to have a lot of fun. We’re going to turbocharge the things people love.”
Change had been on the cards, given not only the Footy Show’s dwindling audience, but the explosion of Channel Seven’s footy show, The Front Bar.
While The Footy Show celebrated a small spike when McGuire replaced Craig Hutchison as host in August last year, The Front Bar continually overshadowed its Channel Nine opponent in 2018.
But problems extended beyond ratings.
Long time co-host Newman made an emotional goodbye speech at the end of the season, intimating he would not return in 2019.
Meanwhile, McGuire and reporter Damien Barrett, who has since left the show, were rumoured to have not seen eye-to-eye.
The Footy Show has been running since 1994.