Beau Ryan says anyone who blames Erin Molan for Paul Vautin’s axing as Footy Show host is getting it all wrong.
Molan was been brought to tears in an emotional interview with WSFM on Thursday, speaking for the first time about reports of a falling out with fellow NRL commentator Andrew Johns.
The huge public interest in the story has seen Molan cop some horrible treatment from rugby league fans on social media.
But Ryan, who has worked with Molan for years, says the criticism is unwarranted.
“We all get trolled. Everyone in the media gets trolled (but) she cops it, man,” Ryan told Kyle and Jackie O on KIIS 1065 on Friday.
“She’s done her apprenticeship in TV, it took her a while to break in — especially as a woman in the NRL as a presenter.
“It was tough and I’ve got nothing but respect and love for her. She is super-professional.”
Johns also walked away from his role on the NRL Footy Show in 2018, after Molan replaced Vautin as host.
The decision to hand Molan the reins didn’t go down well at the time, with the new host receiving backlash from fans.
However according to Ryan, any backlash directed at Molan for Fatty’s exit or the Footy Show’s demise is misguided.
“She didn’t replace Fatty, the show changed (and) they just kept the name, which they shouldn’t have done,” he said.
“I even said it to Erin the other day, when you fill in for someone you get compared to them straight away … it makes it super hard (and) it’s not fair. She’s got her own flavour in what she does and she’s brilliant.”
Molan breaks down in emotional interview
On Thursday Molan 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.
When it comes to champion people and broadcasters @Erin_Molan is top of the list. Professional. Hard working. Gives her all. I’m honoured to call her a colleague and a friend.— deborah knight (@deborah_knight) October 1, 2019
All I will say is that if anyone has a problem with @Erin_Molan than the problem is with them. Erin is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and an amazing person.— Robert McKnight (@rob_mcknight) October 1, 2019
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