Sam Newman has blamed a new generation of political correctness for the demise of Channel Nine’s long-running sports program The Footy Show (AFL).
The 77-year-old former Australian Rules player and AFL commentator, who was known for his candid comments on woke topics, was a regular on the show, which was canceled in 2018.
One of Newman’s most controversial moments during the show’s long run was his appearance on Black Face in 1999 after Indigenous player Nicky Winmar failed to show up for a scheduled interview.
Speak with The Advertiser On Saturday, Newman defended The Footy Show, which ran for 25 years after debuting in 1983.
‘It has not [stay around too long]” he said, dismissing the claim that it is outdated.
Sam Newman (pictured) has blamed a new generation of political correctness for the demise of Channel Nine’s long-running sports program The Footy Show (AFL).
“But it became a victim of the changing standards forced upon us by the politically correct and people who resent everything that has ever been done; that was his downfall.
“There are a lot of shows that do what we do, but they used to focus on us because we were irrelevant and controversial.”
Elsewhere in the chat, Newman said the biggest challenge facing society right now is pushing back on people’s politically correct attitudes.”
He continued: “Where a tiny percentage of the population is trying to push an agenda and wants you to adhere to an imaginary thing that they believe you should follow.” “The biggest bugbear is dealing with that Having to put up with the nonsense that people throw at you because of political correctness.”
The 77-year-old former Australian Rules player and AFL commentator, known for his candid commentary on Woke topics, was a regular on the show, which premiered in 1983 until it was canceled in 2018
Speaking to The Advertiser on Saturday, Newman defended The Footy Show and dismissed suggestions it was being scrapped because it was outdated. Pictured: Newman caused controversy in 1999 when he appeared in blackface on The Footy Show
In the meantime, Newman also stated that his controversial exit from Channel Nine in 2020 was “amicable”.
The prominent sports host left the station after comments he made on his podcast about George Floyd, an African-American man who was killed in custody.
While Nine also said the farewell was mutual, it follows Daily Mail Australia’s report that Newman called Floyd a “piece of shit”.
Newman made the comments on his podcast “You Cannot Be Serious” along with fellow footballer Don Scott and journalist Mike Sheahan.
Newman also stated that his controversial exit from Channel Nine in 2020 was “amicable”. Pictured: With Eddie McGuire
Newman was no stranger to controversy, having been regularly called out for offensive behavior and comments throughout his media career.
In 2009, he compared a Malaysian man to a monkey and said he was “just recently out of the forest.”
In 2010, he was criticized for disrespecting Indigenous beliefs after admitting to hitting a golf ball from the summit of Uluru.
“They generally don’t nationalize, they colonize, and that was the problem in Europe … and it’s becoming a huge problem in America,” he said in a tirade against Muslims earlier this year.
Don Scott (left) and Newman (right) currently host the podcast “You Cannot Be Serious.”