Their reported feud rocked the NRL, amid rumors they deliberately avoid each other both on and off the camera.
But Andrew Johns and Erin Molan were brought together Saturday night at an uncomfortable moment at the native All Stars footie game.
The news about the feud of the couple became public last year and they have not appeared on the camera together since the NRL broadcast of 2019 in October.
Johns reportedly told Channel 9 sports bosses last year that he no longer wanted to share a studio with Mrs. Molan.
“He just doesn’t like working with her,” a television source told Daily Mail Australia at the time.
Erin Molan (photo, left) was reunited with Andrew Johns (right) during the Saturday game, but let Johnathan put Thurston (center) in between
That source said John’s biggest grievances were Mrs. Molan giggling and talking about him and other nine personalities when they talked about football.
But on Saturday they seemed to be leaving their feud like Mrs. Molan, presented the All Stars game from the Gold Coast and introduced Johns and their co-presenter, former NRL star Johnathan Thurston.
Thurston stood, crucially, among the couple.
“I’m Erin Molan, and it’s great to have your company – and a very good evening for Andrew Johns and Jonathan Thurston, great to see you both,” she said.
She then asked Thurston about the importance of playing in the Indigenous All Stars game after playing in five of the games.
Andrew Johns (photo) reportedly complained about Mrs. Molan at TV bosses last year
Erin Molan (photo, left) received a flood of abuse from viewers after her feud with Andrew Johns
The Australian native team (photo) is seen for the Saturday-evening game against New Zealand
“It’s an opportunity to represent your bloodline and your culture,” Thurston said.
‘All traditions, your family is extremely proud of this moment. And when you put on that sweater, it fills you with a sense of pride that you represent your grandparent and ancestors who have walked through this country for thousands of years. “
Turning to her reported rival, she called Johns his famous nickname, “Joey,” when he asked him about the game.
“Joey, it’s a big cultural party, but with the caliber of talent, it’s going to be a great footie,” Mrs. Molan said.
Mrs. Molan (photo) was no longer on screen with Andrew Johns since last October
Johns (photo) told Channel 9 sports bosses last year that he no longer wanted to share a studio with Mrs. Molan
Bullied Australian schoolchild Quaden Bayles (photo) also appeared during the competition
“In indigenous communities, rugby league is like a religion,” he replied.
‘And you see how they play footie, they grew up playing footie in the backyard.
“Native player that I’ve played with and against, they have a skill that isn’t manufactured.”
Mrs. Molan nodded politely while his colleague discussed the game.
Another source close to Johns said he did not know when the problems between the couple started, but the big football players would not withdraw from their line.
“Joey is a stubborn bastard,” the source said. “If she fucks him somewhere along the line, he’ll probably carry it for the rest of his life.”
Daily Mail Australia understands that Johns frank rejected requests from the Nine Publicity Department to put his name in powerful statements in support of Mrs. Molan.
Erin Molan (photo, left) and Andrew Johns (right) reportedly had a fight last year after complaining about her
He also told the network that he would not pretend he had no problem with her.
Johns is frustrated that nine executives were unwilling during the NRL season to address his concerns about Mrs. Molan, the first source said.
She suffered from the backlash of fans who chose Johns as their rugby league Immortal during the feud last year.
The presenter had to endure cruel online attacks, including death threats and other abuse sent to her.
Former NRL star-turned media personality Beau Ryan said that Mrs. Molan had been left ‘broken’ by years of abuse on social media and he could not speak strongly enough about the way she continued the cameras.
Legendary NRL commentator Ray Warren also defended Molan’s ability and the need for more women in the broadcast.