THE Footy Show panel member and retired AFL player Sam Newman has come under fire for transphobic comments he made on last night’s show.

The panel were discussing one of the team’s banners over the weekend that had an image of Caitlyn Jenner on it, when Billy Brownless mentioned that she looked like Newman and asked if he knew who she was.

“I know who he… it is, I do,” Newman said.

The audience then laughed, prompting Newman to mock Jenner further.

“Oh well what is she, is it he or she now… still got the-?

“Is it transgender is it, or what is it?”

Members of the LGBTI community and their allies have since taken to social media to condemn the Channel 9 program along with Newman’s comments.

“Sam Newman is a relic of the past and his jokes are ugly, mean-spirited and out of step with the majority of Australians,” advocate and Victoria’s Young Australian of the Year Jason Ball said.

“It’s no wonder that the AFL Footy Show’s audience has halved over the past decade.”

“Absolutely seething @AFLFootyShow @Channel9, get these vile bullies off our screen! They are never held accountable. I will NOT let this sit,” tweeted ally Angie Greene.

“Trans ppl have one of the lowest rates of participation in sport – this only pushes them further away, this is not a joke, this is bullying,” tweeted James Lolicato.

“Just another in a long line of pathetic attempts at humour by @AFLFootyShow, show is not funny, entertaining or informative,” tweeted Dave Watson.

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