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Sam Newman, 76, of The Footy Show teases a return to TV

Sam Newman, 76, of The Footy Show teases a return to TV as he reflects on his run on the controversial series.

Footy Shows’ Sam Newman hasn’t ruled out a return to television.

The 76-year-old AFL commentator spoke with star magazine on Sunday, admitting he would “never say never” about a role on the small screen.

The controversial star said she had a great run on The Footy Show, but the last two years had become “tough” due to “restrictions”.

Never say never: The Footy Show's 76-year-old Sam Newman (pictured) teased a return to TV as he reflected on his career on the controversial series in an interview for Stellar magazine this week

Never say never: The Footy Show’s 76-year-old Sam Newman (pictured) teased a return to TV as he reflected on his career on the controversial series in an interview for Stellar magazine this week

‘I loved The Footy Show. I loved doing what he did, but it became arduous, annoying and difficult to do in the last two years due to the restrictions placed on our program, in general, and me in particular, ”he said.

‘I couldn’t do what I was employed to do, and this was reflected in the qualifications and the [fan]comments [such as] ‘Why can’t we do this?’ and ‘Why am I not doing that?’

Sam appeared on The Footy Show as a regular from 1994 to 2018.

Hot streak: 'I loved The Footy Show.  I loved doing what I did, but it became arduous, annoying and difficult to do in the last two years due to the restrictions placed on our program in general and me in particular.

Hot streak: ‘I loved The Footy Show. I loved doing what I did, but it became arduous, annoying, and difficult to do in the last two years due to the restrictions placed on our show, in general, and me, in particular,” said Sam.

The media star had many controversies on the show, including wearing ‘blackface’ in 1999.

Shane Crawford also dropped his pants live on air in 2001.

He also ranted about the AFL commission’s decision to support the ‘yes vote’ to legalize same-sex marriage in 2017.

Oh my!  The media star had many controversies on the show, including wearing 'blackface' in 1999 (here).  Shane Crawford also dropped his pants live on air in 2001.

Oh my! The media star had many controversies on the show, including wearing ‘blackface’ in 1999 (here). Shane Crawford also dropped his pants live on air in 2001.

Sam said he certainly paid the price for his views by not being invited to speak at a variety of venues.

He says activists labeled him “homophobic” and “transphobic.”

‘I don’t get invited to many places to speak now because activists contact organizers and say ‘Why do you have a racist?’ or ‘Why do you have a transphobic person come to talk?’ he says with a shrug.

Labels: 'I don't get invited to a lot of places to speak now because activists contact organizers and say 'Why do you have a racist?'  or 'Why do you have a transphobic person come to talk?  ?'  he says shrugging

Labels: ‘I don’t get invited to a lot of places to speak now because activists contact organizers and say ‘Why do you have a racist?’ or ‘Why do you have a transphobic person come to talk? ?’ he says shrugging

‘Y [the organisers] say, ‘Oh fuck, we don’t want people not buying tickets, so [cancel it].’

He ended by saying away from the glare of the spotlights. Most of the people who approach him are polite and interested in saying hello.

Sam has had several setbacks since leaving the controversial show.

Loss: The football star's wife, Amanda Brown, died suddenly in March 2021, before her friend, cricketer Shane Warne, passed away in March 2022.

Loss: The football star’s wife, Amanda Brown, died suddenly in March 2021, before her friend, cricketer Shane Warne, passed away in March 2022.

The football star’s wife, Amanda Brown, died suddenly in March 2021, before his friend, cricketer Shane Warne, passed away in March 2022.

Sam and Amanda were a couple for 20 years before getting married in November 2020.

On his own You Cannot Be Serious podcast, Newman revealed that he was buying fish and chips the night of his death before hurrying home.

He was anxious after his wife didn’t answer any of his calls.

Newman entered his Melbourne apartment to find his longtime partner dead on the floor. She had suffered a stroke.

Happy: Sam and Amanda were a couple for 20 years before getting married in November 2020. She passed away from a stroke in March 2021

Happy: Sam and Amanda were a couple for 20 years before getting married in November 2020. She passed away from a stroke in March 2021

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