FOOTY Show mainstay Sam Newman has confirmed his time on The Footy Show will come to an end at the end of the season.
In an emotional monologue, Newman said Channel 9 had not confirmed the show would be renewed for 2019, or that he would be a part of it if it was.
“Now there’s been tremendous speculation about this show and me. I’m sorry that this is about me, but it is,” Newman said on The Footy Show.
“This station won’t, or can’t tell us if this show will be on next year, either in this format or in some other format.
“And they can’t tell me if I’ll be part of the show next year if it’s on, or if I’ll be part of a different show, if it’s on.
“So, on the off chance … on the off chance that this show is not on next year, this is the opportune time to say what I’m about to say.
“Because it’s no good doing it next week when the grand final show’s on because that’s about revelry and merryment and gaiety and laughing — but this could well be the last in-house Footy Show that we do after 25 years.”
He later confirmed he would not be continuing in his role.
“I will not be continuing,” Newman said.
“I am — it’s appropriate, it’s opportune that I end my association with this show and the network on the off chance that this is the final show we do.”
Earlier, Newman posted a cryptic social media message regarding Thursday night’s show.
In his tweet, the Geelong great said: “Announcement tonight re this show. Looking forward to it — and GF (Grand Final) show next week at Rod Laver Arena.”
The 72 year-old, who has been the face of The Footy Show since it began 25 years ago, responded to rumours he will quit when contacted by The Herald Sun.
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“I might clarify that for them one way or another,” Newman said.
“Since I’ve been on Twitter and that other thing, Instagram, I see it says I actually have resigned, or it says The Footy Show isn’t going on.
“But I wouldn’t read too much into any of all that as it’s from people who actually don’t know.
“I’m the only person that knows.
“What I’ve said is since this (The Footy Show) started 25 years ago we are only filling in time until we get sacked, one day we will.
“It’s just a fact of life, nothing peculiar in that.
“But it mightn’t be anything to do with that.”
Newman’s contract at Channel 9 expires at the end of the year. Last week’s edition of the show averaged 119,000 viewers in Melbourne which was the program’s worst result ever.
Eddie McGuire’s media production company JAM TV produces the show.
The Footy Show debuted on March 24, 1994 and there has been more than 700 episodes.