Inside the bitter feud that’s torn Sam Newman’s popular podcast apart


Inside the bitter feud that’s torn Sam Newman’s popular podcast apart – and how radio man Ben Fordham tried to salvage it

  • Football commentator Rod Law walked away from You Cannot Be Serious
  • Radio presenter Ben Fordham tried to mediate between the three men
  • Law was the executive producer of the podcast with Sam Newman and Don Scott










Sam Newman’s podcast team is torn apart after a bitter behind-the-scenes dispute erupted with his executive producer.

Football commentator Rod Law walked away from the hit Melbourne-based podcast You Cannot Be Serious 12 days ago, citing editorial differences as the reason. 

Sydney breakfast radio presenter Ben Fordham is an avid fan of the show and tried to act as a mediator between Law and high profile podcast hosts, former AFL legends Sam Newman and Don Scott.

Fordham said Law brings a ‘unique element’ to the show and often ‘pulls them into line’.

Rod Law (pictured left, next to Sam Newman) walked away from his role of executive producer at the podcast You Cannot Be Serious

Rod Law (pictured left, next to Sam Newman) walked away from his role of executive producer at the podcast You Cannot Be Serious

‘Sometimes they’ll be heading down a certain path and Rod will say, “Hang on a minute, that’s not entirely true” or “There is another side to that” – and that’s what I love listening to,’ the 2GB host said, according to the Herald Sun.

Fordham explained that without Law’s input, the podcast would likely become very one-sided.

‘Even though I’ve got no involvement in the podcast, I just wanted to know what was going on. That’s all,’ he said, adding that none of the hosts reached out to him for his help. 

Fordham said he loves listening to the show because it’s ‘like a rollercoaster with no tracks – you just don’t know what’s going on or what’s going to happen next’.

Sam Newman (pictured) originally hosted hit podcast with Don Scott and Mike Sheahan

Sam Newman (pictured) originally hosted hit podcast with Don Scott and Mike Sheahan

Radio host Ben Fordham tried to at as a mediator between Sam Newman, Rod Law and Don Scott

Radio host Ben Fordham tried to at as a mediator between Sam Newman, Rod Law and Don Scott

He also said he would be happy to join the podcast team if there was a vacancy in the future, but added that it would likely be difficult because he lives in Sydney.

The feud marks a second blow for Newman this year, after his beloved wife Amanda Brown, 50, suddenly died from a stroke in May.

Newman, 75, and Ms Brown got married in November last year but had been privately together for nearly two decades. 

Two months after her death, he told Seven News: ‘It won’t get any worse for me. It’ll get gradually better and you’ve just got to stand up, remember who you are and push on.’ 

Sam Newman's wife Amanda Brown (pictured on their wedding day on November 27) was found dead in their Docklands apartment aged 50 in May

Sam Newman’s wife Amanda Brown (pictured on their wedding day on November 27) was found dead in their Docklands apartment aged 50 in May

Newman played 300 games for Geelong Football Club in the 1960s and 70s, winning the club’s best and fairest medal twice.

He was named in the club’s team of the century and is also in the club’s Hall of Fame.

He retired in 1980 and immediately began working in the media, commentating for radio station 3AW and Channel 7.

Newman was one of the faces of the AFL Footy Show from 1994 until 2018 where he became a controversial figure for his outspoken views. 

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