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AFL great Billy Brownless quits after 27 years on Footy Show including love split over Garry Lyon


AFL legend and Footy Show larrikin Billy Brownless is hanging up his TV boots after  27 years on the series, which ultimately cost him his wife and best mate.

The former Geelong star, 54, has been a mainstay on the show since joining the Thursday edition in 1994 and then also becoming part of the Sunday show in 1998.

In 2015, the father-of-four split with wife Nicky after 18 years of marriage, only to find out a year later she was in a relationship with show co-host Garry Lyon.

‘You think she’ll come back and all that, but she didn’t. So that was a real kick in the guts,’ he admitted on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here in 2020.

AFL legend and Footy Show larrikin Billy Brownless is hanging up his TV boots after a staggering 27 years on the series, which ultimately cost him his wife and best mate. (Vrownless is pictured here with wife Nicky and former co-host and AFL rival Garry Lyon)

AFL legend and Footy Show larrikin Billy Brownless is hanging up his TV boots after a staggering 27 years on the series, which ultimately cost him his wife and best mate. (Vrownless is pictured here with wife Nicky and former co-host and AFL rival Garry Lyon)

‘Then about a year later, she’s shacked up with one of my good mates. We’re not best mates [now]. There’s no Christmas cards or anything.

‘One day, I suppose, we’ll sit down and have a beer. One day. Time heals.’ 

Former Melbourne Demons hero Lyon left the Footy Show in the wake of the scandal.

Last Christmas however, the three took a huge step towards mending the rift when Brownless spent Christmas with Lyon and his ex-wife and their children.

‘It’s been four or five years, I’ve come around and everyone is in a good spot to be honest. Garry and Nicky are – that’s fine – and the kids are,’ he said at the time.

Last Christmas however the three took a huge step towards mending the rift when Brownless spent Christmas with Lyon and his ex-wife and their children, as seen here.

Last Christmas however the three took a huge step towards mending the rift when Brownless spent Christmas with Lyon and his ex-wife and their children, as seen here.

Brownless, pictured here with daughters Luc and Ruby, has confirmed this season on The Footy Show will be his last after telling TV bosses at Nine he would not be returning next year

Brownless, pictured here with daughters Luc and Ruby, has confirmed this season on The Footy Show will be his last after telling TV bosses at Nine he would not be returning next year

Now Brownless has confirmed this season on The Footy Show will be his last after telling TV bosses at Nine he would not be returning next year.

His final two shows will be next weekend’s The Footy Show Grand Final Eve: My Room Telethon on Friday and the Sunday Footy Show Grand Final Wrap.

‘It has been a fantastic ride,’ Brownless, 54, told the Herald Sun. ‘It’s sad day, I’ve had good fun. Getting a bit older – I have just had enough, to be honest.’

Brownless joined the show ‘in the good old days’, he said, alongside Eddie McGuire, Sam Newman and Trevor Marmalade, who have all since also left.

He insisted he still loved the show and the new-look panel, hailing the chemistry between the team, but he said was keen to have more free time  again.

Brownless joined the show 'in the good old days', he said, alongside Eddie McGuire, Sam Newman and Trevor Marmalade, who have all since also left. (Pictured, Brownless, left, in drag in a sketch on the shwo with Newman)

Brownless joined the show ‘in the good old days’, he said, alongside Eddie McGuire, Sam Newman and Trevor Marmalade, who have all since also left. (Pictured, Brownless, left, in drag in a sketch on the shwo with Newman)

Brownless (pictured) insisted he still loved the show and the new-look panel, hailing the chemistry between the team, but he said was keen to have more free time again

Brownless (pictured) insisted he still loved the show and the new-look panel, hailing the chemistry between the team, but he said was keen to have more free time again

Brownless, who will continue to work on Triple M, said he had discussed quitting last year with Nine director of Sport, Brent Williams.

‘He said, ‘Give it another year and see how you go’, so I don’t think my decision was a great surprise to him,’ Brownless said.

‘It’s a sad day because we are all family, we’re good friends. Living in Geelong, you have to be up pretty early to be there for an 8.30am [Footy Show] meeting.

‘I have been part of the Footy Show world for 27 years. The time has come to hang up the boots and microphone and to have Sundays off.

‘I haven’t been sacked though – matter of time though, I suppose! Probably get out before I do get pushed…’



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