AFL great Billy Brownless quits after 27 years on Footy Show including love ...

AFL great Billy Brownless quits after 27 years on Footy Show including love ...
AFL great Billy Brownless quits after 27 years on Footy Show including love ...

AFL legend and Footy Show larrikin Billy Brownless is hanging up his TV boots after  27 years on the series, which ultimately cost him his wife and best mate.

The former Geelong star, 54, has been a mainstay on the show since joining the Thursday edition in 1994 and then also becoming part of the Sunday show in 1998.

In 2015, the father-of-four split with wife Nicky after 18 years of marriage, only to find out a year later she was in a relationship with show co-host Garry Lyon.

'You think she'll come back and all that, but she didn't. So that was a real kick in the guts,' he admitted on I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here in 2020.

AFL legend and Footy Show larrikin Billy Brownless is hanging up his TV boots after a staggering 27 years on the series, which ultimately cost him his wife and best mate. (Vrownless is pictured here with wife Nicky and former co-host and AFL rival Garry Lyon)

AFL legend and Footy Show larrikin Billy Brownless is hanging up his TV boots after a staggering 27 years on the series, which ultimately cost him his wife and best mate. (Vrownless is pictured here with wife Nicky and former co-host and AFL rival Garry Lyon)

'Then about a year later, she's shacked up with one of my good mates. We're not best mates [now]. There's no Christmas cards or anything.

'One day, I suppose, we'll sit down and have a beer. One day. Time heals.' 

Former Melbourne Demons hero Lyon left the Footy Show in the wake of the scandal.

Last Christmas however, the three took a huge step towards mending the rift when Brownless spent Christmas with Lyon and his ex-wife and their children.

'It's been four or five years, I've come around and everyone is in a good spot to be honest. Garry and Nicky are - that's fine - and the kids are,' he said at the time.

Last Christmas however the three took a huge step towards mending the rift when Brownless spent Christmas with Lyon and his ex-wife and their children, as seen here.

Last Christmas however the three took a huge step towards mending the rift when

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