Mike Greenberg Is Still Attending Mike Golic’s Son’s Wedding & Everything Is ‘Fine’
Rarely is there an iconic entertainment duo that doesn't end in some public falling out that plays out in the media and is therefore inevitably misinterpreted or misrepresented. That's the nature of the biz. So the impending dissolution of the Mike & Mike show, which has been hosted by Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic for nearly 18 years, has obviously raised some eyebrows.
Sources have been coming out of the woodwork to detail the "icy" and "poisonous" atmosphere on the pair's ESPN2 talk show. Multiple former staffers have told Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch that the two men's once warm and loving relationship has soured over the last year to the point where they do not speak with each other off air.
“They are marvelous actors on set,” said an ESPN on-air staffer, who speaks to both Greenberg and Golic. “But they barely even make eye contact with each other these days.”
“They virtually ignore each other off air,” said a third ESPN staffer who has previously worked on the show.
Considering all of things that have happened with the two men, including Greenberg signing on for a new show without Golic and an intended move to New York that never came to fruition, it's quite likely that Greenberg and Golic have had a cooling off period. Their lives have been too intertwined for too long for anger and resentment not to boil over at some point - particularly when ESPN management is in the mix as well.
Relationships inevitably become tense when the personal takes a backseat to the professional, which is why it's incredibly hard for friendships and business to coexist. So if Greenberg and Golic have reached the point of no return, it's a shame - but it's certainly no surprise.
However according to Goldberg, who recently spoke with Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune, the strain on their relationship is nothing like what's being portrayed in the media.
What should we know about the breakup of "Mike & Mike"? What all happened?
I know what was said, but the truth of the matter is Mike and I are fine. I was in Malibu for 11 days in the beginning of this month shooting "Battle of the Network Stars." During that time, I probably spoke to Mike five times. Once was about his son (Jake's) wedding, which is next month; one was about my son's graduation; and a few of them were about TV stars that I knew he would be excited I was hanging out with. So we're doing fine; that's it.
Are you still invited to his son's wedding?
Yes, I am. We are very much looking forward to going. I've said to him, "I need to start to practice my drinking." I'm really worried. I don't know how much time you've ever spent around Golic, but I'm a little worried about getting completely drunk under the table. I may have to come up for air long before anyone in their family does.
Things are "fine" isn't the most reassuring phrase. In many ways, this sounds like the less-offended party is trying to downplay the friction and make amends because he wants his great new gig and his old friend. I'd be surprised if Golic described this situation the same way. Still, these two have families and kids and lives that have been tied together for a very long time. Greenberg's relationship with Golic's kids and family doesn't just go away, even if the friendship is no longer what it used to be .
If anything, the new set up with Trey Wingo taking over as Golic's co-host, allowing the two Mikes their space from one another, will likely give them their best shot at repairing their once-legendary friendship.
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