Michelle Beadle Rumors

2). ESPN and ABC are overhauling their NBA studio shows. Host Michelle Beadle was ousted for several reasons, among them — according to a network source — her inexplicable refusal to appear on other ESPN platforms to promote NBA programming. Seriously. She reportedly has a $5 million annual salary and could get a buyout, as The New York Post reported. Rachel Nichols, who has helped build “The Jump” into the second-best NBA studio show on TV (behind TNT’s award-winning “Inside the NBA”), will get the marquee host job on ABC’s Saturday night package, some playoff games and the NBA Finals. She also will continue to host “The Jump” on weekday afternoons.
Beadle’s reps at CAA are trying to figure out their client’s next move. She could try to do something smaller, centered around a podcast, or she may try to dive back in. They have reached out to Turner about its NBA coverage, according to sources, but there doesn’t appear to be a match. Turner is set on Thursdays with Ernie Johnson hosting, but is trying to spruce up Tuesdays. At the moment, though, Beadle is not a top choice.