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