AFL Footy Show host Lehmo responds to shock axing
Former Gold FM host Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann has revealed that that the presenters of the AFL Footy Show were blindsided by the decision to axe the show.
Thursday night turned out to be the final episode for Lehmo and his co-hosts which included Fox FM’s Brendan Fevola and Hit Network’s Dylan Alcott, as well as Neroli Meadows and Shane Crawford.
The AFL Footy Show had run for 25 years, with Nine confirming that it will not return.
“I want to thank the current hosts, Anthony Lehmann, Neroli Meadows, Dylan Alcott, Brendan Fevola and Shane Crawford, the former hosts of The Footy Show, and the hard-working crew for their great contribution,” said Nine Melbourne managing director Matt Scriven.
“It is with regret that The Footy Show will no longer be produced. It has been a tough decision to end the program that has been such a trailblazer, but sadly the new show has not captured audiences in the way we had hoped.”
Speaking on Triple M Melbourne’s Hot Breakfast this morning, Lehmo revealed that the hosting team made a pact last night before the show.
“We’ve got eyes and ears and we’re not idiots, so we knew that there was potentially, a bit of heat on the show,” he said.
“We said: ‘If this is our last show’ — and we had no idea at the time — I said: ‘Let’s make a show that makes every single person who watches it really disappointed that it’s not gonna be back next week.’
“I feel we achieved that last night.’”
The show had suffered in the ratings since the new cast were revealed just a few short months ago.
“You showed absolute professionalism: you, Neroli, Fev and Crawf, and Dylan … you couldn’t have done any better,” said Eddie.
“The network wanted to try something different, and Lehmo, you walk out of this with your head held high. You’re a total professional.
“My estimation of you, which was high to start with … you’re an absolute star.”