Erin Molan has been attacked by footy fans after reports that she and NRL legend Andrew Johns can no longer work together on Channel Nine because of a bitter feud.
The rugby league immortal is missing in the comment box alongside co-host Molan during the Friday night coverage of the network in recent months.
A & # 39; tricky & # 39; arguing between the couple would be the reason for John's absence and Channel Nine manages the feud, according to a report from the Sunday Telegraph.
While Johns and Channel Nine strongly denied the claims of a gap, Molan was beaten online by furious fans.
Erin Molan (left) and Andrew Johns (right) have not cooperated in recent months on Channel Nine & # 39; s Friday Football coverage, which has fueled speculation of a feud between the couple
The brutal social media backlash prompted Channel Nine commentator Phil Gould to jump to Molan's defense with radiant praise.
& # 39; Erin is talented, professional, enthusiastic and very passionate about her work, & # 39; Gould said The Daily Telegraph.
& # 39; Erin is, just like our other girls, Danika Mason, Alana Ferguson and Ruan Sims, well prepared. They each have an enormous work ethic. They are a pleasure to work with and a great addition to our team. & # 39;
NSW Blues coach and Channel Nine colleague Brad Fittler, who are good friends with both Molan and Johns, refused to take sides.
& # 39; I enjoy working with both, & # 39; said Fittler.
Andrew Johns described speculation of a rift with Molan as & # 39; rumors and insinuations & # 39;
Erin Molan is slammed online by furious fans about rumors about the gap with Andrew Johns
Molan, who is not yet commenting on the feud, started an online schedule of fans after reports about the gap became public.
Many fans made it clear that they would rather see Johns in the commentary box.
& # 39; I don't mind Erin, but if I were the producer, I would much rather have an immortal person who can read and parse the game and name things that most others can't see than someone who has never had the game played the autocue, & # 39; posted a fan on Facebook.
Another added: & # 39; So Chanel 9 is going to let an immortal who played the game and know what he's talking about walk away and someone who can't stand it? & # 39;
Meanwhile, Johns was flooded with support when fans urged him to jump to Fox Sports and join brother Matt.
Phil Gould has come to defend Erin Molan after being slammed by furious NRL fans
& # 39; Should your breath not waste, go to Fox Sports with your brother. Channel 9 goes backwards. Without Ray Warren, reporting would be a waste of time & # 39 ;, a man wrote.
Another added: & # 39; Can you blame him? A girl from the coast with minimal to no knowledge of the game, as well as zero charisma and form as a host for sports coverage, is placed on a pedestal by channel 9. Why is it necessary to have her on coverage? & # 39;
There was some support for Molan, despite the online play.
Erin Molan (right) led the spearheads of Channel Nine on Friday this season
& # 39; Wow didn't realize so many women's haters here. I did not realize that you cannot play in male sport without playing the game, even though you have a university degree in journalism. How dare she have an opinion or ask football players questions. It's 2019 for God's sake, & # 39; placed a supporter.
Another added: & # 39; Let's be honest … Erin is an expert of the game, a true professional. & # 39;
Johns did his best to end the speculation of the rumors.
& # 39; Where did you hear that? Good old rugby league just thrives on rumors and insinuations, & # 39; told the rugby league immortal The Sunday Telegraph.
Channel Nine & # 39; s sports director Tom Malone added: & # 39; There are many people on TV who get along and others who don't. This is not a story. & # 39;
Many fans prefer to see Andrew Johns (shown with his partner Kate and daughter) in the Channel Nine commentary box than Erin Molan
Andrew Johns is flooded with online support, despite denied reports of a breach
Daily Mail Australia contacted Ms. Molan for comment, who passed the survey on to the Channel Nine publicity department.
& # 39; Because this is a nonsense story, we will not comment & # 39 ;, said a spokesperson.
Channel Nine promoted earlier this year that Johns would be an integral part of the network's Friday night league coverage during the 2019 season alongside host Molan.
But Johns suddenly disappeared from Friday night's mid-season without explanation and was replaced by retired NRL star Billy Slater.
It is not the first time that Channel Nine has been startled by reports about a gap between the couple.
Johns also disappeared in the middle of the NRL Footy Show panel last year after Molan the popular old host Paul & # 39; Fatty & # 39; Vautin replaced in a shock ax.
The Logie-winning sports show was canceled at the end of last season after 25 years due to a collapsing rating.
First broadcast in 1994, the show won 11 Logies as Australia's most popular sports show.
Johns also disappeared from the Channel Nine screens last year after Molan hosted the NRL Footy Show, which was later canceled due to a collapsing rating
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