‘I have never had one since that day’: Ex-Footy Show host Sam Newman reveals the life-changing moment which saw him give up alcohol… as he celebrates a decade of sobriety
Sam Newman has revealed the pinnacle moment which made him give up alcohol – saying he has ‘never had a drink since the day’ the incident occurred.
The ex-Footy Show host, 74 revealed he was breathalysed 10 years ago while driving at the height of his career, and was dangerously close to the limit.
Speaking on the You Can’t Be Serious podcast with Don Scott, he admitted: ‘I had been to lunch, and I had had two or three glasses of red wine and I was driving home – this was when The Footy Show was in full swing.
Never again: Sam Newman (pictured) has revealed the pinnacle moment which made him give up alcohol – saying he has ‘never had a drink since the day’ the incident occurred
‘There was a breathalyser on Beaconsfield Parade. As I got to it I thought, ‘Oh my God, I don’t think I am over, but if I am 0.06 and lose my licence, I will lose my job, I will lose my livelihood, I will lose everything… because I am a recidivist.’
The term recidivist refers to the act of re-offending after being previously convicted of an offence.
Sam had lost his license back in 1996, for drink driving.
While he was eventually let through on the night in question ten years ago, Sam admitted the fear alone was enough to make him give up the booze for good.
Drama: The ex-Footy Show host, 74 revealed he was breathalysed 10 years ago while driving at the height of his career, and was dangerously close to the limit
Over it: While he was eventually let through on the night in question ten years ago, Sam admitted the fear alone was enough to make him give up the booze for good
‘I got home and I said I am never going to have drink again, and I have never had one since that day, ever, for any reason,’ he added.
In September last year, Sam shocked everyone when he ‘quit’ The Footy Show and delivered a long-winded resignation live on-air.
During a nearly 10-minute monologue, an emotional Sam indicated it might be the end of The Footy Show as Channel Nine couldn’t confirm whether or not the program will be back in 2019 after suffering lagging ratings.
‘This station won’t or can’t tell us if this show will on TV next year,’ Sam said.
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‘I’ve been part of it for 25 years. It’s been given a six-week trial period, and another, and the rest as they say is history,’ he added.
It was finally confirmed in May this year that The Footy Show had been cancelled mid-season.
Nine’s Melbourne managing director, Matt Scriven, delivered the news to fans.
‘I want to thank the current hosts, Anthony Lehmann, Neroli Meadows, Dylan Alcott, Brendan Fevola and Shane Crawford, the former hosts of The Footy Show, and the hard-working crew for their great contribution,’ he said in a statement.
‘It is with regret that The Footy Show will no longer be produced. It has been a tough decision to end the program that has been such a trailblazer, but sadly the new show has not captured audiences in the way we had hoped.’
Axed: Channel Nine cancelled The AFL Footy Show in May, after poor ratings (Sam Newman is pictured R)