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.
And Michelle Beadle is officially out of ABC/ESPN’s NBA coverage. She had been leading “Countdown” when it had the top perch. Beadle, who makes $5 million per year, is expected to shortly finalize a buyout, according to sources.
Michelle Beadle and ESPN are in talks that are expected to result in her leaving the company, The Post has learned. This is part of the continued fallout from ABC/ESPN’s NBA shake-up that right now has Rachel Nichols and her show, “The Jump,” in line for a major promotion in how the network’s coverage will be presented going forward.
Beadle and ESPN are negotiating a buyout, which would end her time at the company, according to sources. She makes $5 million per year. She has multiple years left on her contract, but the exact number is unknown.
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.
Michelle Beadle’s dramatic fall at ESPN has continued: She is being dropped from “NBA Countdown,” sources confirmed to The Post. This is the second high-profile job Beadle has lost in the past 12 months. Almost a year ago to the date, Beadle was taken off ESPN’s morning show, “Get Up!” She is still making $5 million per year, but there is no telling what she will do next.