NRL Footy Show loses “The Chief”

After 7 years Paul “The Chief” Harragon has quit Channel Nine’s NRL Footy Show.

Harragon (pictured, right) says a revamp of the program has given him little choice but to move on, notes the Daily Telegraph.

The Footy Show, like any business is undergoing big changes for its future success,” the former Newcastle captain said yesterday.

“I was very pleased to be offered a role as a part of that future, however after some careful consideration I have come to the conclusion that the time is right for me to move on.”

A revamp of the NRL Footy Show follows an overhaul of Nine’s AFL Footy Show which have seen the end of comedian Trevor Marmalade’s role, following contract negotiations with the network. In December Nine’s Executive Producer of Entertainment Tim Cleary announced the signing of former St Kilda coach Grant Thomas to Footy Classified which “completed” a revamp of its three AFL shows.

But the NRL had a difficult year, losing viewers and finishing the year on a low.

Nine’s director of event television Gary Burns said Harragon’s lively personality and humour would be missed.

“While Paul’s decision is understandable it is still sad,” he said.

“He was one of the prime-time originals and is much loved by not only the audience but his fellow hosts and all of the production staff.”

Source: Daily Telegraph



  1. jayden fyffe 13 year old footy lover

    they should make the rugby league is just turning into afl basically they should take it back to how the old days by making it so they have to put the ball into the middle of the scrum.

  2. How does this show beat the AFL Footy Show for Logie Awards? Sterlo was the only one on the show worth listening to. Thank goodness he now does some appearances. And Wendall Sailor is funny. The rest are just a bunch of ‘try-hard wannabe’s’, especially that player with the pommy accent who needs sub-titles just to understand what he is talking about.

  3. Andrew (toss) Voss get him pff!!!! love the footy show but he has just ruined it, he is too opinionated, has the personality of lump of wood, has no real world footy experience but seems to think he can pass of his thoughts of as general concensus on issues related to the game. Once an avid fan i now unfortunately change the channel an will continue to do so till 9 wake up, listen to its viewers and kick this idiot off!!!

  4. Avid footy show fan

    Bring back Sterlo!!! The key to success, Mario was also a winner. I do like Fatty but he really needs Sterlo to be complete. Matty Johns was not really funny & his homosexual inuendos made his appearances sickly. Voss is a non performer, not only is he boring but the guy has never played representative rugby league so why is he even on the show. Gus is too old & boring, Andrew Johns is hopeless, just because his last name is Johns doesn’t mean he needs to appear on the show. So Channel 9 if you’re looking at why your ratings are dropping then have a look at your show & listen to the viewers also the key to success!

  5. Joanne Tyler

    Please for the love of God, get rid of Voss. He cannot connect with the rugby league community as well as Sterlo, Fatty, Matty, Chief, Gus and Mario. Voss is just a ick-day.

  6. brett mcdowell

    I have been watching footy show since it started in september 1994. the format worked by not talking to much footy. between 1994 and 2008 idid not miss a show i watched first 3 shows this year and now i am having a early night on thursday night. if you dont bring back what worked ie anti ads, mathatma cote, alan robertson, it will die sadly. as i have involved in junior league for some time parents and kids are no longer talking about it. finaly matty johns would make a good host of the logies.

  7. Eileen Ripley

    Well, we used to look forward to Thursday nights. The Footy Show used to be fun (we laughed so much), it covered the footy news, the guys entertained us and when they were “daredevil dudes” we rolled around laughing. Yes, Chief is missed, Matty is unable to utilise his humour and fatty has no one to spin off. It is so boring now and in fact, when it comes on the TV is turned over to another channel.

    What are you thinking Channel 9? Big mistake!

  8. I too have always been a fan of the footy show but can’t handle it anymore, the Chief is gone, he was my favourite, it has never been the same since Sterlo left but now to have Vossie.. oh my god I am sick of him, he is everywhere, and he is boring! There is no fun on the show anymore, it’s lost it. Very Sad.

  9. What happened to the Footy Show?
    Vossy is too straight & not entertaining.
    Bring back The Chief, Sterlo as co – host & more of Mario. Use Gould for serious comment.
    Im not a fan of the new arrangement. Too many stale moments.

  10. brent tomahawk thompson

    Andrew Voss is ruining the footy show sure it is ok to have a guy who takes his football serious and wants to debate hot issues but cant we have one who knows what the game is really about. someone who has played or coached someone who will give respect to other peoples opinions and guests of the show Voss to go. Matty and Fatty still bringing the roof down miss chief and sterlo. Ghard Broncos 09 Premiers.

  11. Dodgy balls. I reckon I know why these balls are so slippery. They need to take the big sponsors logos off the ball. I reckon the paint or dye or what they use becomes very slippery when wet. maybe you could do a test on a clean skin ball and see if I am correct. I reckon I am right.
    Gary[Go Manly and Wests Mitchy]

  12. The new format is crap. Voss is a looser and just getting rid of hime would improve the ratings. My guess is that the Chief would have stayed if the producers didnt chang the plan. If we want erious footy we’ll listen to the ABC. Spontinaity and the likeable lads wat the key. Voss is a pain. The gibbering “2GB style” is what we want to see. A footy show “hey hey”
    Get the boys back – save the show.

  13. Please please please lose that F***ing idiot Andrew Voss he does nothing for a great show like the footy show and a fan like me has to endure his crap on the sunday roast and commentating games, dont you think that is enough!!!

  14. whatever happens channel 9 , please don’t give Andrew Voss anymore airtime than we currently have to endure . The guy isn’t a sportsman , is biased , self-opinionated and talks over and interrupts people with far more relevant and interesting ideas ( eg. Russel Crowe )
    Sterlo is a great serious host for a rugby league show , and Phil Gould at least knows the game . MG is a complete bumbling idiot , Ben Ikin, totally out of his league, as he was in his playing days and Laurie Daley a non-starter . The Chief served his purpose but its a fine line between comedy/humour and some of the idosy we see at times.
    James Brayshaw is another of these multi-sports/show hosts who offers very little in terms of knowledge or personality.
    God bless the Fatman and Sam Newman……at least they are good value , entertainment wise , and both footy shows would die a death without them

  15. Andrew Voss, please the guys a goose. Shouldn’t be commentating and definitely does not belong on the Footy Show.

    The Footy Show has lost me!

  16. The NRL Footy Show isnt as good without The Cheif.. what a loss.. Andrew Voss?? Wasnt impressed with his first Footy Show. Miss you Paul

  17. I love watching the Footy Show highly entertaining, but this is about Andrew Voss and his commenting of the NRL games. He is so biased when commenting on a Broncos game, it is as if there is no other team in the competition and no-one else on the field exists. This has always been the case and I find it irritating. There are other teams in the competition other than the Broncos and a lot of the time as skilled, if not better, so please try and act like Ray Warren, a brilliant commentator and impartial, just doing what he is supposed to do commentate on the game in hand, not taking sides.

    Thanks for listening

  18. Basically the rugby league footy show abandoned its target audience of males and its primary function or previewing the upcoming weekends fixtures, to occupy too much time with games and stunts to try to appeal to a wider audience. With very little time spent discussing the previous or the upcoming round of matches, and said goodbye to their original audience. The filp when the ratings were hitting all time lows to a very serious format was not widely recieved either. Say what you like about the personalities that are involved with the AFL footy show but the end of the day that is what a footy show should be. Serious issues being discuss with the right ammount of seriousness. The whole Sonny Bill Williams was carried on like a death in rugby league. It should have been made a lighter issue. The only death that occurred with his departure for the greatest game of all was the death of his earning potential. Yes he did get a big contract for two years but he will not be worth half of what his contract with the bulldogs was after 2 years of playing poorly in a poor competition and will not find the sponsorship dollars that he could have earned after a long successful league career. However back to the point, the footyshow needs to get back to the people lets see some shows hosted at rugby league clubs. What a shame it was the Century of Rugby League and no one had the thought of getting the show to the original clubs and celebrating where the game has come from

  19. The problem all started when they hired Mathew Johns. Get rid of him bring in Gus, Sterlo & Geyer that would be great to watch I haven`t watched for about 4 yrs talking alittle fotty wouldn`t hurt ethier

  20. Wow thats pretty sad for us footy show lovers.Im mean we have already lost Peter Sterling and now we are gonna miss the Chief.Please dont tell me that Matty is going too next year coz Im gonna smash my TV when its footy show time.Please if Matty leaves just dont do footy shw anymore.And please get some QLD guys to replace Sterlo and the Chief coz we had enough of the guys from NSW.

    Cheers.max NZ

  21. Wow plenty of hate for the footy show – geez. It’s not to everyone’s taste granted, but what do you expect when it’s run by ex-players just trying to have some fun?

    As for the bring back Blocker rubbish – he doesn’t want to come back. He left because he didn’t like the tone of the show, and unless there is some massive shakeup he’s probably not interested. Even then, it would look a bit lame – he would look like a whinger who got his way and then came crawling back for a gig.

  22. Incredible how 9 keeps pumping out this garbage week after week but any quality show that dips in the ratings is punted immediately..probably never to be seen again or maybe after 10.30pm if your lucky.

    Vautin has been the lamest host for years.

  23. I wonder if this will make NIB drop Chief from its advertising?

    I would support Voss being added to the show, although he also commentates at the weekend and hosts the Sunday Roast, so it’d be a heavy workload for him if he also became a permanent fixture on the Footy Show. (Although I guess the changes to the Thursday Footy Show will lead to a shakeup of personnel on the Roast and the Sunday Footy Show as well, so that might not be a consideration.) But please, Nine, no Danny Weidler, MG or Gus. I think Gus is an OK guy, but any time he appears on a panel show he uses it as an excuse to push his particular obsessions, and that’s not really appropriate for a light entertainment-type show. “Yeah, looks like Slater got completely crunched by Hannant, and did I mention that the video ref shouldn’t be allowed to rule on strip penalties?” Spare us.

  24. knoxoverstreet

    A shame as the chief was perhaps my favorite,loved “that’s gold”. First sterlo and now the chief ,get rid of fatty and they may as well axe it.

  25. oh can’t they just say that they boned him. lee123 is correct, it’s too much of a coincidence. no one quits a tv job with nowhere to go unless they are kicked out.

    telling people that they fired him is much more honorable that keeping it a secret to cover your own ass.

  26. Strange isn’t it.
    I live in Victoria, love AFL but hate AFL footy show and love NRl footy show.
    For me mix of Fatty,Sterlo,Chief & mad Matty Johns is great.
    Be interested to hear from folks in NSW & Qld why NRl does not work for them ?
    AFL footy show flops for me as it is more about the ego of Nine personnel and Sam Newman is well past use by date.they seem to forget to talk about AFL.
    NRL footy show gave me insight into Rugby League and seemed prepared to ask hard questions but till have enough humour to entertain others.

  27. I dont think that he added a lot to the show. Now is all that they have to do is get rid of Fatty and bring into in Andrew Voss and mabye a few footy players (e.g. Brett Finch and Benji Marshell) and the show would be great. A real shame though if they lost Laurie Dailey.

  28. So it’s the Fatty & Matty show then?

    you watch next we will hear Andrew Johns is joining the show.

    The Chief at least did good stuff for the show and he was funny at times, funnier than others..

  29. I also heard that Laurie Daler won’t be returning to nine, instead will be returning to Foxtel.

    I also wouldn’t mind if Blocker came back, or Ray Hadley. But i highly fdoubt that they’ll come back

  30. lee123, i would say that you are spot on. i don’t know this guy but trev deserved better.

    there are increasingly believable rumours that the same happened to nathan and kellie from hi-5. its a shame that these likeble people with talent are leaving because 9 has no money and they are still paying awful arrogant eddie up to 5mil a year to do nothing.

  31. well after trevor marmelade announced he was leaving it was announced that he “quit” which is only half true. later we found out that as part of ch9’s cost cutting they cut his pay to the point where he should try his luck at mcdonalds. and then yes he quit.

    i assume the chief got the same deal, especially as the NRL footy show is looking at a completely new look. it all seems like to much of a coincidence to me.

  32. Excellent news. I have no idea why they ever hired him. Get Vautin off, Stirlo back and Andrew Voss to host it and lets have them start talking about footy.

  33. If Nine had any balls they would bring back Blocker Roach – who was there before The Chief.

    One thing that Fatty said last year was true (I may be paraphrasing) “Well, that was the best of The Footy Show for this year. It used to last a whole episode, this year it went for a couple of minutes”.

    Not many highlights last year. I have also heard that Laurie Daley won’t be returning.

    I hope we see more of Mark Geyer and Phil Gould on The Footy Show this year.

    Maybe they should just replace The Footy Show with The Sunday Roast?

  34. In the first sentece, it says that the ”Chief” has been on the show for 14 years. That part isn’t true. He joined in either 2001 or 2002 (7 or 8 years ago).

    First it was Peter Sterling to leave. Now Paul Harragon. Sad to see them go

  35. Chris Jackson

    Maybe its Vautin that should quit. Make it more like the AFL Footy Show at least they spend more time talking footy. Has not been enjoyable for years especially since Peter Sterling left. Funny though they have low ratings but survive the nine axe but anything else that rates low just disappears

  36. I used to love watching the NRL Footy Show around 5 years ago. And I’m someone who hates sports of all kinds and especially NRL.

    It used to be a great Sydney-centric general entertainment show.

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