First, it was Erin Andrews. Then, it was Michelle Beadle. Next, it was Rachel Nichols and Jenn Brown. Now, it's Charissa Thompson that's leaving ESPN, continuing a trend over the last year of female talent abandoning the Worldwide Leader for greener pastures. According to The Big Lead Thompson will reportedly be landing at Fox, her employer prior to joining ESPN two summers ago.
Thompson's exit will create some interesting questions for ESPN, the main one centering around SportsNation. Thompson took over the show when Beadle left ESPN last summer and Marcellus Wiley replaced Colin Cowherd as host when the show moved to Los Angeles at the end of 2012. I don't think ESPN would be willing to axe the show after the move to the LA studio, but it might be necessary after losing three hosts of the show of a time period of less than a year. Possible in-house replacements could potentially include Sara Walsh, Samantha Ponder, and maybe even Lindsay Czarniak.
It'll also be interesting to see if ESPN is able to keep their pipeline of talented females flowing with all of the recent attrition. With these five talented women all leaving ESPN, there's something of a lack of household names now. Instead of being *the* place for young talent to end up, it's looking more and more like ESPN is just being used as a stepping stone, and it'll be interesting to see if that continues in the future with other options like NBC, Fox, and Turner in the mix.
As for Thompson's role at Fox, it'll likely have something to do with the launch of Fox Sports One. Due to her experience as a reporter, Thompson is versatile and due to her solid experience hosting studio shows, she's a better option than Andrews in that department. With Thompson and Andrews under the same roof, I'm curious as to how Fox will end up integrating both of them into their sports properties while managing to keep the pair's individuality intact.
Did some compare espn to crappy mtv lmfao espn can go down hill and it still will be better then what mtv puts out
No sympathy for ESPN when they lose anybody. They have no problem laying off 400 employees including longtime loyal researcher Howie Schwab. ESPN is about as much about sports as MTV is about music.
Its a damn shame that Charissa is leaving ESPN. It begs me to wonder why is everyone leaving ESPN?I think I know. 2 reasons: ESPN has it favorites(By which their favorites are the worst analyst you'll ever see ex:Skip Bayless), and ESPN pays their reporters and analyst pennies.Its looking very bad for ESPN future.
that's a shame if its true. I see some negative comments here, but Charissa Thompson really was doing a great job. She knew her sports, and would hold things together when SN brought in boring actors and athletes as 3rd guests.
Agree! Clarissa is eye candy. Sara Walsh looks like a man dressed up in makeup like a wanna be hot girl. Problem is, Espn doesn't pay enough. Clarissa tripled her income with the move to Fox
@FrankJustice You're exactly right. Its seems like all them blonde bombshells just made it off their looks I could be wrong but, Michelle Beadle (got her start with assistance with her father)Is only on t.v. off her looks. It seems like the networks let her say what she wants with no backlash. At least Charissa, Ernie, and Rachel are unbiased unlike Beadle.
Don't forget although mostly seen in England, Rebecca Lowe can be added to the list of ESPN's female departures.
Why do they need to hire another woman for SportsNation? Max Kellerman would be a great fit. He and Marcellus Wiley have the #1 sports show in LA. They could easily take that to TV and take SportsNation to Around The Horn and PTI status.
"it's looking more and more like ESPN is just being used as a stepping stone..."
and for good reason - ESPN's become a caricature of itself in recent years, and for most of these talent its only a matter of time before they find themselves in the middle of a manufactured controversy, either by choice or by chance.
Cassidy Hubbarth hosted a Sat. version that i watched a few times and i think could carry the show until her deal comes due, and then the next Beadle will be ready, and so it goes on and on.....
I'm sorry, the only real loss here was Beadle. Even Erin Andrews was not a huge loss. Zero personality among any of them. Beads was the best and the only one ESPN will miss.
@aestep1014 Yeah comparing Beadle and Ernie yes Beadle have a better personality but, Michelle Beadle needs be more professional to me. I know they pay her for her opinion and trash-talk and controversy never hurts but, she has to learn to be more unbiased. Her and Skip Bayless to me was giving ESPN a bad name. She lets personal feelings get in the way of her better judgement in my opinion if you want to express personal feelings go to Dr.Phil