I guess we don't have to ask ESPN anchor Linda Cohn how she feels about Michelle Beadle's return to the mothership.
TMZ Sports caught up with her in NYC and asked her if she thought women had as much knowledge about sports as their male counterparts or whether they are relegated to sideline reporters because they can gossip.
Cohn starts off with a solid answer - absolutely, work hard, do your homework, go above and beyond. But then, it gets personal:
This headline and article are a complete farce. Cohn and Beadle are great friends. Don't believe me? Go to their twitter pages. Cohn was a big supporter of Michelle when she was at ESPN and Cohn was a regular guest on Beadle's short-lived podcast. Cohn's comments are referring to Kit Hoover and possibly Thea Andrews, the original cohost and correspondent from the first version of Cold Pizza. That version of Cold Pizza bombed as Hoover and Andrews knew nothing about sports. Hoover was promptly fired. Andrews was reassigned to an even worse show on ESPN called ESPN Hollywood, where Andrews co-hosted with, you guessed it, AC Slater himself (a.k.a. Mario Lopez). ESPN Hollywood was cancelled after about three minutes, marking Andrews' departure from ESPN for good. Kit Hoover went on to host Access Hollywood with Billy Bush. The comment was clearly aimed at Hoover. Say what you will about Beadle, but she knows the major American sports, especially football, basketball, and hockey. She watches them and writes about them regularly. Furthermore, Beadle was an intern for the San Antonio Spurs and a sideline reporter for the NY Jets before she was even hired by ESPN. Lastly, Beadle left ESPN to host her own sports talk show on NBC Sports, which was doomed from the start as most people don't even know that the NBC Sports network exists. In fact, I have a friend who has the channel and didn't even know that they had it until I found it for them in their cable guide so that they could watch a hockey game.
Could be more of a shot at the ex-Cold Pizza folks like Kit Hoover or Thea Andrews (does anyone remember all three minutes of "ESPN Hollywood"?), both of whom are now hosting entertainment newsmags (Hoover on Access Hollywood).
So looking at the Beadle and Cohn twitter feeds, this appears to be a non-story.
Beadle: Just scheduled a sweet pillow fight with @lindacohn....kissing optional. Nice try, Internet. Smooches, mama. #nocatfighthere
Cohn: This is hilarious Beads! @MichelleDBeadle. Free PR during Super Bowl week. Nice! Want to be on my podcast? #ListenClosely #lovefest
First of all, I'm not a fan of Beadle nor Cohn. Personally, I think both are quite annoying and full of themselves in their own rights. I won't watch a Sportscenter broadcast with her on it, that's how annoying she is. But to the writer of the article, why must you make up a story where there is no story? Where did Cohn mention Beadle or insinuate that Beadle wanted to go to Hollywood? It was a question that she answered honestly and the answer was the truth, not a shot at anyone. But the fact that you made up this story and your facts come from TMZ, tells me that you like "created" drama and you need it in your life and if there is no drama, then you make it up. To the writer of this horrible article, please go away. You are what's wrong with people who try and write today, you don't know how to. If you knew how to write, and knew what you were doing, you might have said that Cohn was taking a shot at Robin Roberts for going "Hollywood", but a shot at Michelle Beadle? Even a comic book character is looking at your plot line and would say, "That's a stretch and not even believable."
For the life of me I have no clue as to why ESPN wants to get back into the "Beadle Business". She is a ~ 40 year old who admittedly uses the word "F&% Face" on a regular basis. As far as talents go It appears she isn't the most versatile. She's likely to ultimately end up on a show arguing with a "grumpy old man" type. In my opinion, Her interview skills are lacking and to this point she has not been able to successfully moderate a panel.
All Beadle does is pretend to hate guys like Tiger Woods or Kobe Bryant or Ben Roethlisberger, guys who chase women, while in reality she'd step on her mother's head for a shot at any of those guys. She's almost impossible to watch because she has to hold her ridiculous bullshit "stance". Not to mention she isn't half as hot as she was 4 years ago.
@joebartnick AMEN! I annoy all my friends by slamming chick sideline reporting during EVERY game. It's the worst.
@joebartnick she's the drizzling shits
Beadle knows her sports. I 'd rather listen to her than Erin Andrews, who the world thinks is soooo hot. Cohn only cares about one or two sports and "phones in" reports on the other sports. Plus, I think she has a penis...
Always thought Beadle a bit of a phony. She's an insufferable whiner on Twitter...and not really all that hot imo.
Cohn has been a solid and woefully undervalued asset for a long time. She is not a "personality", but a sports person. She has every right to resent anyone, male or female, who gets money throw at them for reasons other than sports knowledge.
If only women ran the world. Then we could start wars over something really important like wearing the same dress at a party. I'm kidding...I think.
@trojanscooter LOL! Agreed!!!
@ChrisLawrence Yes, I believe that it is, Chris. Say what you want about Beadle, but she knows her sports. She follows sports, she regularly tweets about sports, and she is knowledgeable about the major American sports, especially football, basketball, and hockey. Beadle worked for the San Antonio Spurs and the NY Jets before landing a job at ESPN, so it's unfair and false to say that Beadle was using ESPN as a stepping stone. Kit Hoover and Thea Andrews knew nothing about sports when they were with ESPN. That version of Cold Pizza was quickly liquidated, Andrews and Hoover were both fired, and Dana Jacobson was brought in as their replacement. I remember ESPN Hollywood, too. It was a joke and as you said, lasted about three minutes.
@ed27 Beadle has never been an anchor. She's been a talk show host, sideline reporter, intern, and cohost of Sportsnation, which is a talk show. By the way, Cohn and Beadle are great friends. Cohn's tweet was referring to Kit Hoover and Thea Andrews, not Beadle.
@MichaelJarvieJr You do know that Beadle is a correspondent for Access Hollywood (an entertainment news program, not literally going to Hollywood)....