Soccer AM presenters Jimmy Bullard and Fenners address 'elephant in the room' after show is axed
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Soccer AM presenters Jimmy Bullard and John 'Fenners' Fendley addressed the so-called 'elephant in the room' during Saturday morning's 90-minute show.
Earlier this week, it was confirmed that the much-loved Sky Sports show would be axed at the end of the 2022/23 season after almost 30 years on air.
With just ten episodes remaining of this season's programme, Bullard, Fendley and other staff members were told about the news on Tuesday, according to reports,
Bullard, who has co-hosted Soccer AM since August 2017, was said to be "fuming" at the announcement.
A source told The Mirror: "It was a complete bombshell. Morale is at an all-time low, they are raging. It's going to be an interesting watch over the next few weeks."
Despite the heartbreaking news, the show, as they say, must go on. And on Saturday morning, presenters Jimmy Bullard and 'Fenners' decided to make light of the unfortunate situation.
Fendley began: "Right, before we go any further, I'm going to address the elephant in the room... Oi Dumbo!"
You can watch the full segment below.
Fenners and Jimmy address the elephant in the room… pic.twitter.com/1kxS7b62mS— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) March 25, 2023
Some viewers found it entertaining, but the majority of fans on social media struggled to find the funny side.
One said: "This is the exact reason the show has been axed. If one scene set out it’s demise it’s this," while another wrote: "Yeah, it's 'hilarious' content like this why it's getting binned."
A third commented: "Social media has taken over. When I watched it as a kid, you hadn’t seen all the skills and best goals. And you’d never seen the new shirts for next season etc. It’s hard to show decent content when everyone has already seen it."
A fourth added: "For those of us who grew up with Lovejoy, Hell’s Bell’s, the soccerette, Fixtures man etc. This kind of stuff is why it should be binned. Some things just change, Soccer Am was unmissable viewing at one point. Now it’s sadly like watching a once great player playing in League 2."
Soccer AM has been a staple of many people's lives since its debut in 1995. Since then, a host of presenters have fronted the show, including popular duo Tim Lovejoy and Helen Chamberlain.
From the iconic Crossbar Challenge and the Car Park Game to Skill School, Tubes' One Question Only and much more, fans have expressed their overall sadness at the news in recent days.
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Topics: Football, Premier League