Collingwood president and Footy Show host Eddie McGuire reportedly clashed with football journalist Damian Barrett before last Thursday’s edition of the Channel Nine program.
The Herald Sun stated this morning that the pair butt heads regarding the show’s main news story that night, which reportedly led to a heated disagreement.
Barrett failed to appear on The Footy Show that night.
It is understood that the argument was based around a Collingwood topic, which came a week after Barrett narrowly missed out on breaking young Magpie Sam Murray’s ASADA drug investigation story on the previous episode.
Barrett has since revealed that he did not have enough information on the Murray story that Thursday night, instead pucliscising the scandal the following morning on AFL Media.
“I attempted to check (the Murray story) out on the Thursday,” Barrett told The Sounding Board podcast last week.
“I told the producer of The Footy Show, but also told him that ‘I haven’t got anything to go with until I get more’ — and then basically a decision was made … (but) I reckon it got to 8 o’clock and I was still trying to (strengthen the story up for broadcast).”
Asked if he notified McGuire that he was planning to break the story, Barrett said: “No I didn’t — and that’s not unusual either because I had nothing. I couldn’t look him in the eye and say ‘I’m going to go with this story’ or ‘should I go?’ I had nothing more.”
The Footy Show has recently struggled with viewership, comprehensively losing the ratings battle to Channel Seven’s Front Bar.