AFL Grand Final Footy Show presented by fans, Eddie McGuire, Sam Newman

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Nine's AFL Footy Show is back for the last evening ahead of the AFL Final between Richmond and GWS, but many fans have wished that former conductor Rebecca Maddern had also stayed in silence.

Maddern, who should have been part of the show, co-hosted with Eddie McGuire and Sam Newman, actually had such severe laryngitis that she was hospitalized the night before, and no, this was not a parody of Walk the Line.

Maddern has really "had laryngitis" – he still had an excavation on McGuire, suggesting that being co-presenter was the dream of the Collingwood president becoming reality.

But unfortunately for The AFL Footy Show – ascended more than two decades after the revamped version was badly loaded in 2019 – this was not the triumphant walk in memory that many would have hoped for.

Fans showed the show openly on social media while they pulled out many of the same old jokes they had been making for many years as McGuire and the ever-controversial Sam Newman took him for a final round.

Newman was the main target of the fans' wrath after he recently took a look at activist Greta Thunsberg and her many Twitter successes.

While there was a whole lot of contempt for the show, some fans immediately got behind them and thought it was a return to form, going so far as to say that Nine should do a Grand show Final every year.

There were also other good segments, with the former Collingwood and Carlton Dale Thomas star admitting that he still wanted to play and Essendon star Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti talking about what it meant to bring his stepmother to the Brownlow Medal.

"The way I finished the season and the footy I played during the season and the way my body feels like in the past the door is certainly left open," said Thomas.

"The door is ajar."

In a funny moment Eddie McGuire even took a shot at Collingwood's forward Jaidyn Stephenson at a controversial moment, referring to the young man's betting ban.

"Jaidyn Stephenson, could you give us a multi, what do you think?" McGuire said.

"You have to laugh at these things!"

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