Australian Ninja Warrior fans left divided over 'shocking choice'

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Australian Ninja Warrior returned on Monday night with some fans left annoyed at one detail, with one describing it as a 'shocking choice'.

Rebecca Maddern, who hosted last season, has been replaced by American tennis star Jim Courier with fans left divided on how they feel about it.

Australian Ninja Warrior hosts Jim Courier and Leila McKinnon
Australian Ninja Warrior fans have slammed the show for their 'shocking choice' in a host, with many taking to Twitter to complain. Photo: Nine

Taking to Twitter, some fans shared their disappointment that an American was hosting the show over an Australian sports star.

"Seriously @NinjaWarriorAU why Jim Courier?" one viewer questioned. "He is cringeworthy when hosting/commentating on the tennis and he actually knows a bit about that..."

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"Taking Votes for hosts on @NinjaWarriorAU... no offence to Jim Courier who is lovely, but what about an Aussie sporting legend? We have a few! #whyaUSAathlete," a second questioned.

"@NinjaWarriorAU seriously isn’t there an Australian achiever/sportsperson that could host #jimcourier?" a third questioned, while someone responded, "100% we have so many talents in Australia."

"Ninja Warrior have made a shocking choice with Jim courier," another wrote.

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A fan angrily tweets about Australian Ninja Warrior
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"No offence to Jim Courier but if feels like USA ninja warrior…should have got Aussie host," one user added.

However, some people loved it with one user writing, "Jim Courier on Aus Ninja Warrior. I rate it. Bec who?"

"Ninja Warrior back tonight. Love it. And Jim Courier as a commentator will be great," a second agreed.

Jim is joined by Nine presenter Leila McKinnon as co-host and former Celebrity Apprentice stars and radio hosts Will and Woody who will be course-side.

Speaking of joining the show, Jim said in a statement, "Like Grand Slam tennis, Australian Ninja Warrior is an amazing test of athleticism and tenacity. I’ve always loved Ninja, so I’m thrilled to be on board to witness this year’s Ninjas test their physical and mental limits."

Leila also shared her excitement, adding, "I have been a huge fan from the start so it will be a privilege now to be front and centre with these athletes to see what they can achieve when put to the test. This year the Ninjas will go further, faster and higher on a supercharged new obstacle course."

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