Colin Cowherd Addresses Leaving ESPN, Reveals Next Step
After taking Monday and Tuesday off, Colin Cowherd returned to the air Wednesday and immediately addressed the elephant in the room. We were hoping he'd cry because who wouldn't love seeing Colin Cowherd cry on live television, but he kept a stiff upper lip and described the negotiations leading up to his departure.
"I'm leaving ESPN," Colin Cowherd said this morning on "The Herd." "It's been the best 10 years of my life."
"They offered me a great contract...it wasn't about the money, it was about the funny."
"I'll have a simulcast on Sirius," he added. Whether this means the rumors about a move to Fox Sport 1 are false remains to be seen, though he did say that most of the stuff out there on the internet about his departure from ESPN "is pretty accurate."
He ended his valedictory rant by noting that he's not cool promoting "other networks" on the air at his current network, which makes it sound like he is, in fact, headed to an ESPN competitor and he simply can't say it yet.
- Cowherd continued praising ESPN Wednesday, attempting to dispel the pervading theory that the network -- which pays the NFL $15.2 billion to broadcast "Monday Night Football" -- strong arms its employees into glossing over the league's systemic issues. "ESPN's never told me what to say period, about anything," he said. "Specifically, not about the NFL."
While he may very well be telling the truth, something tells us that ESPN tapped Cowherd in the first place because of his "company man" persona, implying that they trust him to avoid any harsh criticisms of the network's business partners.
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