With Charissa Thompson leaving ESPN for Fox, Bristol needs a new co-host for SportsNation, a show which has seen quite a bit of turnover since the days of Colin Cowherd and Michelle Beadle. Marcellus Wiley has been entrenched as one co-host and now comes word today from ESPN PR's Mike Soltys that his ESPN LA radio partner and former Around the Horn host Max Kellerman will join him.
Yes, that Max Kellerman.
Kellerman has been slowly coming back to ESPN airwaves and had co-hosted episodes of Nation at Night - a peculiar late nightish spinoff of the afternoon show, but to see his return in a full-time role almost a decade after leaving Around the Horn is somewhat surreal. Kellerman was one of ESPN's young stars at the network in the early 2000s but left Bristol for the infamous and short lived I, Max on Fox Sports Net. He then wandered around cable news and radio appearing on MSNBC, CNN, ESPN Radio NY, and HBO Boxing where he still works as a fight analyst. It is somewhat strange ESPN would officially announce Kellerman's full-time return to TV in such a quiet and unassuming way, not exactly Bristol's modus operandi.
You'd have a better chance of getting back into an NBA Finals game after leaving early than you would getting back into Bristol, but Kellerman is one of the few individuals to pull off the rare feat. The return of Quite Frankly can't be too far behind...
The Max K move was good. Get rid of Wiley. I miss Beadle and Cowherd and don't watch or DVR much anymore. Used to be my favorite show on ESPN !!!
I love the Kellerman move. This used my favorite show on ESPN with Beadle and Cowherd. I hardly watch or DVR anymore. You should get rid of Wiley too. He doesn't have IT !
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Clearly someone in Bristol has lost their mind. SN was barely watchable after Beadle and then Colin left. Now...absolutely unwatchable. In case you can't figure this out...it's the death knoll for SN. It was already on life support...but now with this insipid move ESPN has pulled the plug.
Definitely not watching this anymore, though i havent sat through a full episode post-Cowherd/Beadle anyway
How long will it take before Max gets too big for the show and wants to move on like he did with Around the Horn?
The move makes sense when you think about it. He's already Marcellus' radio partner, he has on-air experience, with ESPN as well. Glad to see him officially back on TV.