REPORT: Mike & Mike Breakup Not Going Well & Are No Longer Speaking to Each Other
Last week, ESPN officially announced that the long-running Mike & Mike show as we know it will come to an end. Mike Greenberg will move over to ESPN, where he will host a new morning show/SportsCenter hybrid. Mike Golic will remain on ESPN radio and ESPN2 and will be joined by Trey Wingo.
According to sources speaking with SI, the once bff’s relationship has taken a turn for the worse as they are no longer on speaking terms.
“ESPN Radio is now experiencing some off-camera issues of its own. Multiple ESPN staffers, including current and former employees who have had roles with the show, told SI.com last week that the once-warm relationship between partners Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic has turned icy over the last year, prompting a number of ESPNers to predict that the show will conclude long before this December’s contractual end. The sources said Greenberg and Golic are not talking to each other off the set—and hardly at all before the show or during commercial breaks.
Through an ESPN spokesperson, both Greenberg and Golic declined comment.
“It’s really a poisonous atmosphere right now,” said one longtime ESPNer who has worked on the show. “Most of us don’t see the show lasting through its contractual end [which is believed to be the end of December]. But I give both these guys immense credit because when the light comes on, you would not know what’s going on. They are pros on air.”
“They are marvelous actors on set,” said another ESPN on-air staffer, who speaks to both Greenberg and Golic. “But they barely even make eye contact with each other these days.”
“They virtually ignore each other off air,” said a third ESPN staffer who has previously worked on the show and said such tension has existed since late last year.”
Also last week, Mike’s youngest son, Jake, took to Twitter and blasted ESPN management for not making public what most inside ESPN have known for some time—that Greenberg is leaving Mike & Mike to host his own television show.
.@espn am I allowed to tweet that you guys are idiots now, or do I need to wait a year to announce that?
— Jake Golic (@JGolic88) May 17, 2017