Andrew Johns’ ex-wife has spoken out about the ongoing saga surrounding Erin Molan and her former husband, condemning the ‘vile’ treatment of Molan.
Cathrine Mahoney took to social media on Saturday to defend Molan in the face of some shocking criticism from rugby league fans after reports Johns quit his role on Friday night footy after falling out with Molan.
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Mahoney met Molan in 2007 when they worked together at Channel Nine and said she’s “honoured to call her a friend”.
“She was then, and is now incredibly researched, hardworking, thorough, intelligent, thoughtful, caring, compassionate, smart and bloody hardworking,” Mahoney wrote.
“It’s sad that nasty types with a keyboard are allowed to be so vile, but the reality is if you know Erin you know she is a top bird and someone you’d love to call (a) friend.”
Johns started the 2019 season on Friday night footy alongside Molan, before disappearing midway through the year.
Johns and Molan are expected to work together on Channel Nine’s coverage of the NRL grand final on Sunday night.
Molan reveals emotional toll of week from hell
She broke her silence on the ugly saga in an interview with Jonesy and Amanda, wearing sunglasses because she couldn’t wear her contact lenses due to a lack of sleep.
“I am so sorry, I haven’t put my contacts in this morning. I had a rough night. I didn’t sleep very well and these are prescriptions,” Molan said.
Brendan Jones and Amanda Keller both threw their support behind Molan - bringing the Channel Nine presenter to tears.
“I get emotional with this Erin, I don’t understand why people give you a hard time,” Keller said.
“It pisses me off. And I think it’s because you are so professional and you are so good at your job, that I think that men don’t like you being good at what they still see as their world.
“I admire the pants off you or the eyeballs off you and I just think you are the most professional female and it’s threatened everybody.”
Keller was also brought to tears after seeing Molan break down.
“Your daughter would be so proud of you. You’re breaking the glass ceiling for a generation,” Keller added.
The current trolling of @Erin_Molan is disgusting & makes me embarrassed to be part social media. The horrific comments are totally inexcusable. Ez is the most brilliant human, broadcaster & mentor & what she has done away from TV goes beyond what many will ever dream to achieve— Riana Crehan (@rianacrehan) September 30, 2019
The list of reasons why I admire @Erin_Molan is too long for twitter. But in summary, she’s damn good at her job. A hard working class act. And Nine’s NRL coverage is richer for her perspective.— Sylvia Jeffreys (@SylviaJeffreys) October 2, 2019
💯 A true professional and a beautiful human. She has cheered me on, encouraged, counselled and made me laugh through many tough moments, even when she had her own full plate. Lucky to call you my friend and colleague @Erin_Molan https://t.co/3imnBvs6zg— Amelia Adams (@AmeliaAdams9) October 1, 2019