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Kerri-Anne Kennerley throws shade at Channel Nine for not telling AFL Footy Show hosts about axing

Kerri-Anne Kennerley throws shade at Channel Nine for not telling The AFL Footy Show hosts they were about to lose their jobs… as she makes a thinly-veiled reference to her own sacking

Kerri-Anne Kennerley’s morning show was axed from Channel Nine back in 2011, and she only learned about it by reading the newspaper the next day. 

And the 65-year-old took aim at her former employer on Friday while addressing the network’s decision to cancel the AFL Footy Show without telling the show’s hosts.

Unable to resist making a joke at Nine’s expense, Kerri-Anne sarcastically expressed her ‘shock’ over the move during Friday’s episode of Studio 10

Taking a swipe: Kerri-Anne Kennerley threws shade at Channel Nine for not telling The AFL Footy Show hosts they were about to lose their jobs... as she makes a thinly-veiled reference to her own sacking

Taking a swipe: On Friday’s episode of Studio 10, Kerri-Anne Kennerley (pictured) took a swipe at her former employer Channel Nine while discussing The AFL Footy Show being axed

The AFL Footy Show, which ran for 25 years on Channel Nine, was cancelled on Thursday shortly after its last episode aired. 

The show’s hosts were reportedly ‘blindsided’ by the decision, and even signed off the show by telling viewers: ‘See you next week’.

Sources claim they weren’t told of the axing until after the cameras stopped rolling and they were called to a meeting backstage.

Axed: The AFL Footy Show, which ran for 25 years on Channel Nine, was cancelled on Thursday shortly after its last episode aired. The show's hosts were reportedly 'blindsided' by the decision, and even signed off the show by telling viewers: 'See you next week'

Axed: The AFL Footy Show, which ran for 25 years on Channel Nine, was cancelled on Thursday shortly after its last episode aired. The show’s hosts were reportedly ‘blindsided’ by the decision, and even signed off the show by telling viewers: ‘See you next week’

Referencing her own experience with Nine in the past, Kerri-Anne said: ‘Who would have thought a network would not tell the on-air talent that they were fired?’ 

Her colleague Sarah Harris then asked pointedly: ‘That would never happen, would it? Has it happened in your day?’

‘I’m shocked at that,’ Kerri-Anne responded in a tone of mock surprise. ‘I’m just shocked that Channel Nine wouldn’t tell the talent they were fired!’ 

Awkward! Referencing her own experience with Nine in the past, Kerri-Anne said: 'Who would have thought a network would not tell the on-air talent that they were fired?'

Awkward! Referencing her own experience with Nine in the past, Kerri-Anne said: ‘Who would have thought a network would not tell the on-air talent that they were fired?’

The veteran broadcaster was dropped from Channel Nine in 2011 when her show Mornings with Kerri-Anne was replaced by a new program fronted by Sonia Kruger and David Campbell.

She apparently learned she was out of job by reading about it in The Daily Telegraph the following day.

Kerri-Anne previously said that Channel Nine executives had told her they were ‘thinking about things’, but she was given no indication she was about to be fired. 

Ouch! Kerri-Anne was dropped from Channel Nine in 2011 when her show Mornings with Kerri-Anne was replaced by a new program fronted by Sonia Kruger and David Campbell. She apparently learned she was out of job by reading about it in The Daily Telegraph the next day

Ouch! Kerri-Anne was dropped from Channel Nine in 2011 when her show Mornings with Kerri-Anne was replaced by a new program fronted by Sonia Kruger and David Campbell. She apparently learned she was out of job by reading about it in The Daily Telegraph the next day

The final episode of The AFL Footy Show aired on Thursday night, drawing just a fraction of the viewers it used to attract back in its heyday.

Nine’s Melbourne managing director, Matt Scriven, said in a statement: ‘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.’

The sports program had being in a ratings free-fall over the past few years, despite the network making several attempts to revamp its ageing format.

End of an era: On Thursday night, Channel Nine confirmed The AFL Footy Show had been cancelled after 25 years on air. Pictured: Former host Sam Newman

End of an era: On Thursday night, Channel Nine confirmed The AFL Footy Show had been cancelled after 25 years on air. Pictured: Former host Sam Newman

Daily Mail UK

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