After her brief NBC odyssey, Michelle Beadle returns to ESPN today. Beadle hasn't been seen on NBC Sports since the cancellation of her daily show The Crossover and it was only a matter of time before her comeback to Bristol airwaves finally became a fait accompli. (No word on if NBC acquired the rights back to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, who they traded to DIsney for Al Michaels, as a part of Beadle's return to ESPN.)
She tweeted Sunday night that she would be back on SportsNation, the show that first brought her into the national consciousness...
I'm baaaaaaaaaaaack. See y'all tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/EImlkSwHxO— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) March 3, 2014
Beadle left Bristol in a highly publicized move to the peacock in 2012 and was the biggest talent acquisition for the young NBC Sports Network. But as The Crossover struggled to produce ratings and was ultimately canceled, Beadle's relationship with NBC Sports broke down in one of the most stunning and ugly divorces in sports broadcasting.
Beadle won't leave the NBC corporate family completely as she'll continue her entertainment work at Access Hollywood while doing sports at ESPN. (Correction: According to an NBC spokesperson, Beadle has left NBC entirely, including Access Hollywood.)
It'll be interesting to see if Beadle can recreate any magic at SportsNation with current hosts Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley or what other opportunities might wait in her return to Bristol. Beadle becomes the latest high profile ESPN personality to be welcomed back home after wandering through the broadcast wilderness.
UPDATE: Here's more from ESPN's official announcement...
"Michelle Beadle will return to SportsNation on ESPN2 today, hosting the show alongside commentators Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley. Kellerman and Wiley will continue to offer their opinions and different viewpoints on the weekday afternoon show based in Los Angeles. The trio will together continue the clever and off-beat SportsNation tradition of discussing the day’s hottest sports topics weekdays at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN2. "no comments