The Daily Telegraph reports The NRL Footy Show Thursday night format is set to be axed after key figures, including host Paul Vautin, were told they will not be needed next year.
Footy Show executive producer Glenn Pallister this week told Vautin, who is holidaying in the United States, the show would no longer exist in its current format and he would not be a part of it. Vautin has one year of his contract to run and is likely to spend it in the commentary box calling matches.
According to reports the network will continue to run a live rugby league show on Thursday night under a re-launched title that will be hosted by Molan.
Some panellists and many others at Nine have been told the show had been dumped.
The Sunday Footy Show will remain unchanged.
The rugby league television bombshell comes less than one week after Channel 9 announced the AFL Footy Show will be returning in 2018.
Rather, today's news concerns the slightly-less-talked-about NRL Footy Show.
"Each week, Paul "Fatty" Vautin, Erin Molan, Beau Ryan and Darryl "Big Marn" Brohman will be joined by some of the biggest names in the game, including Jonathan Thurston and Billy Slater, as they provide expert analysis on all the matches", they added.
The network last week claimed it will be also sticking with its star-studded rugby league commentary team, including Ray Warren and Phil Gould.
The show has experienced a consistent drop in ratings over the past decade since the show's heyday in the 1990s and 2000s.
A Nine spokesperson said: "The program is going through some changes in style and format that is yet to be determined. Nothing is resolved in terms of how it will look and what talent will be used".