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VIDEO: Mark Levy comes to the defence of Erin Molan

The Footy Show has been axed after 25 years with channel 9 looking to “revolutionise its rugby league coverage” following another year of declining ratings.

The iconic entertainment program was hosted by Erin Molan after taking over from long term host Paul ‘Fatty’ Vautin this year.

In the wake of the shows axing, Molan has been slammed by sections of the media as one of the main reasons for the shows demise.

Macquarie Sports Breakfast show host Mark Levy, a colleague of Molan’s, is fed up of the unfair and unwarranted attacks on Molan and took aim at her detractors on this mornings show.

“Erin Molan and Darryl Brohman are colleagues of mine, I also consider them close friends. They’ve been an integral part of the Footy Show on Channel 9, but the decision has been made by management to axe the popular show after 25 years.”

“Obviously the news has been met with disappointment and shock — so, the immediate reaction is to start blaming individuals for its demise… some of the things that have been written about Erin Molan and her colleagues have been vile, hurtful and quite frankly, untrue. Let’s just face facts for a moment — the TV executives decided to scrap the former host Paul Vautin, they also slashed the budget.”

“It’s been no secret the ratings have taken a dive — but, that’s got nothing to do with the content, it’s the time-slot. So, to all those people taking potshots at Erin Molan, she’s only doing what she’s been told by the producers of the program.”

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Levy then went on to personally address specific emails from listeners who had sent in their critiques of Molan. “… these are a couple of emails that were sent to my inbox. John at Fitzgibbon in Queensland writes “surprise surprise, Erin has been redeployed, making the morning tea perhaps. Norman at Redcliffe is having a dig at her looks — Paul in Sylvania claims Erin back-stabbed Paul Vautin to get his job.”

“Where do these poor pathetic people get this stuff from — believe it or not, Erin and Fatty are very close friends. Now, I’ve replied to the emails personally and I didn’t hold back, because they’re offensive and slanderous.”

Co-host Mark Riddell weighed into the conversation saying, “let’s instead celebrate an amazing 25 years of the Footy Show — everyone loved the program and the various panelists like Steve Roach, Paul Harragon, Paul Vautin, Peter Sterling — it’s stood the test of time.”

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You can listen to Mark Levy’s full defence of Erin Molan below: