Two leading candidates have emerged as possible replacements for Suzy Kolber on ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Countdown’.
The Worldwide Leader in Sports released 20 talents a few Fridays ago, with Kolber one of them. She had been with the company for 27 years.
“Today I join the many hard-working colleagues who have been laid off. Heartbreaking-but 27 years at ESPN was a good run,” she announced on Twitter. “So grateful for a 38 yr career! Longevity for a woman in this business is something I’m especially proud of. Next step- a project that gives back.”
As noted above, Kolber’s roles at ESPN included ‘Monday Night Countdown’, while she also did draft coverage for the network.
Suzy’s departure has left a void that needs feeling, especially where the show is concerned. According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, heads at ESPN aren’t looking to bring anyone new as a replacement and are considering Scott Van Pelt and Laura Rutledge.
SVP hosts the post-game edition of ‘SportsCenter’ on Monday nights so it would be interesting to see how ESPN would go about stretching him across a full night of programming.
Rutledge is currently on ‘NFL Live’ and has gained traction as a sports media personality over the years, having started out as a sideline reporter before going on to host ‘SEC Natio’ and then taking up lots of NFL coverage.
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