Al Michaels is set to call what could be the final Super Bowl broadcast of his career on Sunday night and Howard Stern is not happy about it. The network is reportedly going to move on from Michaels as the voice of Sunday Night Football when his contract expires after the Super Bowl and replace him with Mike Tirico. Michaels is expected to become the play-by-play man for Amazon’s Thursday Night Football package beginning next season.
On Tuesday, the longtime radio host approached the topic of Al being replaced on Sunday Night Football during Stern’s SiriusXM show:
“Really? NBC is gonna let you walk out the door? I think it’s a big f—— error. It’s just like New England letting Brady go. Dude, I don’t get it. I think I’m in shock. This is bulls—. Everyone loves you. You’re doing great. What are they changing things up for? You got the No. 1 show. All bulls— aside, you must be pounding your head in the wall trying to figure these guys out. Who’s running things over there? Who’s your boss?”
Michaels, who was clearly uncomfortable about the subject and Stern’s tone towards it, responded, “Uh, O.J.” Stern wasn’t going to back down. “Knock it off. Tell me what you’re really feeling. Do you feel betrayed a little bit?” he asked Michaels.
“No, I feel that the decision was made predicated on making sure there was a succession plan in place,” responded Michaels.
Again, Stern was not satisfied until he got the answer he wanted.
Super Bowl 56 is set to air on NBC, with Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michelle Tafoya on the call of the game.
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