The Footy Show panellist, the oft-controversial Sam Newman has revealed the true extent of the dislike between himself and Channel 9 colleague Tony Jones.
Less than a week after Bombers icon Tim Watson suggestion Newman clashed with Jones after last week’s show, the former Cats star has detailed why he continues to hold a grudge.
Jones – who hosts the Sunday Footy Show on Channel Nine – replaced regular host Eddie McGuire last Wednesday when McGuire was on holidays.
While the program was travelling along nicely, Watson said there may be more going on than meets the eye.
He was right. Newman told his own podcast Sam, Mike and Thommo this week that he believed Jones acted “disingenuous” when filling McGuire’s shoes as host.
“I was disappointed with Tony Jones’ attitude about stepping in as the co-host,” Newman said.
“He was not generous and he was disingenuous with some of the things that were on the show.
“He tended to make it more about him than more about anyone else that was on the show to the chagrin of most of us.
“I thought he was better than that, he seemed to be rounding it up for his benefit.”
Newman also suggested Jones appeared to have designs on using his guest spot role to launch a greater role within Channel 9’s variety of sporting programs.
“(He was) either nervously trying too hard or acting like a job interview for bigger and better things,” Newman said.
“Tony would probably know I had that attitude. I left straight after the show,” he said.
“He would know that I was probably a bit ticked off at his attitude and the way he was handling things. I have not spoken to him, I have not brought it up with anyone.
Watson earlier this week suggested a spat may have occurred between Newman and Jones after Newman was denied a roll a certain a video clip on the show.
“I don’t know whether anybody watched The Footy Show last week or not, but apparently Sam staged another silent sit in for the last half of the program because he was denied the opportunity to show some vision that he wanted to show,” Watson told SEN Breakfast.
“Then he sat there quite unhappy about the situation for the rest of the program.
“Then he and Tony Jones might have had a bit of a blow up.”
No stranger to controversy in the media, Newman last year shocked viewers and left his panellists speechless during a bizarre appearance.
During this particular edition of The Footy Show, Newman refused to engage, converse or joke around for the duration of the show.
Panellist Billy Brownless revealed that at the time Newman wanted to do a “walk on” to open the show but during a meeting producers had decided against it. He also said meetings took place in regards to Newman’s outlandish behavior.