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Pam Oliver: Fox Sports on-air people are young, blond and hot

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Fox Sports announced earlier this summer that Erin Andrews will be taking over for Pam Oliver for the networks top NFL broadcast team for the 2014 season, and Oliver openly admits she didn’t take the news all that well. In an essay she wrote for Essence, the 53-year-old industry veteran admitted she was “humiliated” when rumors began circulating that Andrews would be replacing her.

Fox seems to be looking to appeal to a certain demographic, and Oliver realizes that. At age 36, Andrews is still young. She is also tall, thin and blond and is well-known beyond the sports world for appearing on programs like “Dancing With the Stars.” Oliver explained why she believes the decision was made to essentially force her out.

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WEEI host Kirk Minihane doubles down on Erin Andrews criticism in ‘apology’

Kirk Minihane WEEIWEEI radio host Kirk Minihane doubled down on his criticism of FOX Sports reporter Erin Andrews in his “apology” issued on Wednesday.

Minihane is the host who called Andrews a “gutless b-tch” after the MLB All-Star Game last week. Minihane didn’t care for Andrews’ comment to Adam Wainwright about blaming social media for creating a controversy over the pitcher giving up a double to Derek Jeter and sarcastically said she should drop dead.

On Wednesday edition of the “Dennis and Callahan” show, Minihane apologized for calling Andrews a “b-tch,” but he criticized her by saying he doesn’t think she’s very smart or good at her job.

“I think she stinks at her job. I don’t think she’s very smart. I think FOX only hired her because she’s good looking. I think if she weighed 15 pounds more she’d be a waitress at Perkins,” said Minihane.

Dennis and Callahan then tried to protect Minihane from criticism by saying he was merely playing a role on the show.

Sorry, fellas, but hiding behind the “roles” excuse is a weak cop out that won’t hold up for anyone with a brain. Minihane isn’t really sorry about his criticism of Andrews; he’s just sorry about catching national criticism for saying it.

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Erin Andrews wants boyfriend Jarret Stoll to propose

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Erin Andrews is ready to take the next step with her boyfriend Jarret Stoll. At age 36 and at a comfortable place in her career, Andrews is patiently waiting for a rock. How do we know? Because she admitted it during a chat with ABC News earlier this week.

According to Andrews, signals have been sent to the Los Angeles Kings center.

“I’ve definitely dropped hints here and there. But we haven’t looked at rings. … Nothing there yet, the ball’s in his court,” Andrews said jokingly. “But no we are fine! We’ve had enough on our plate for the last two years of dating and haven’t really gone there yet.”

Andrews and Stoll have been dating for two years and moved in together last year. He’s a two-time Stanley Cup champion and she will be replacing Pam Oliver as Fox NFL’s top sideline reporter this season, so you could say things are going pretty well for the couple.

“It’s been fabulous,” Andrews said of her relationship with Stoll. “It was a stressful couple of months with the playoffs. The Kings didn’t make it easy on their loved ones. We’ve taken the past couple of weeks to enjoy what the team was able to accomplish and what he was able to accomplish. They start back in a month and are already talking trying to win a third cup!”

It sounds like Jarret is going to be in trouble if he doesn’t invest in some hardware before starting his quest for that third ring.

Also see: Erin Andrews takes Kings game selfie with one of our favorite celebrities

H/T Busted Coverage
Photo: Twitter/Erin Andrews

Kirk Minihane: Erin Andrews is a ‘gutless bitch,’ should drop dead (Video)

Erin-AndrewsKirk Minihane is about to become a household name. Minihane is the third man in studio on WEEI Boston’s “Dennis and Callahan Show.” Those who listen to the show know how outspoken he can be, but Minihane crossed the line with his criticism of Erin Andrews on Wednesday morning.

After Adam Wainwright told reporters he grooved a fast ball to Derek Jeter in the first inning of Tuesday night’s All-Star game, the St. Louis Cardinals pitcher backtracked in an interview with Erin Andrews. Minihane disagreed with the way Andrews handled her line of questioning, to say the least.

“I hate her! what a gutless bitch! Go away. Drop dead. I mean, seriously what the hell is wrong with her? First of all, follow-up. Second of all, the guy admitted he did it. He told reporters he threw a couple of pipe bombs. How is that social media’s fault?

“I hate her. Don’t you love social media? Yeah … social media is — shut up. Shut up. I’m sure she’s a nice person, but she’s … she’s probably a bitch. I hate her.”

Personally, I didn’t see any issue with the questions Andrews asked. Wainwright’s initial comments about serving one up to Jeter had already become a big story, so she was simply doing her job. And since the All-Star Game is a light-hearted affair to begin with, I don’t see the issue with the “Don’t you just love social media?” comment.

Like his collegues John Dennis and Gerry Callahan, Minihane is a blowhard. Disagreeing with a line of questioning is fine, but there’s no need to call Andrews a bitch and tell her to drop dead. There are plenty of other ways to get attention if you’re that desperate.

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Erin Andrews replacing Pam Oliver on Fox NFL’s top broadcast team

Erin-AndrewsErin Andrews is taking over as Fox’s top sideline reporter for the 2014 season. Andrews will replace Pam Oliver and work with the broadcast duo of Troy Aikman and Joe Buck, while Oliver will join Fox’s No. 2 team of Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch for her 20th season with the network.

Oliver, who said she was very disappointed to hear of the news, told Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch that this upcoming season will be her last as a sideline reporter with Fox. She said Fox Sports executives traveled to Atlanta last April to give her the bad news in person.

“To go from the lead crew to no crew was a little shocking,” Oliver explained. “I said I wanted to do a 20th year [on the sidelines]. I expressed to them that I was not done and had something to offer. Again, I think it was predetermined coming in. Not at that meeting, but two years ago it was determined that no matter what I did or did not do, a change would be made for this year.”

One anonymous veteran NFL reporter told Deitsch that he believes the change has to do with looks.

“She’s not blonde, nor is she in the demographic,” the reporter said. “I’m not naïve and I understand it’s a business, but I think that Fox did not treat her as befits a woman who has been the female face of their sports operation for the past 19 years.”

Oliver turned 53 in March. Andrews is 36. It was widely assumed that Andrews would one day be Fox’s top sideline reporter when the network hired her away from ESPN. Andrews will now get to enjoy more of this craziness from Richard Sherman.

And Oliver didn’t exactly enjoy her best season as a reporter last year:

Erin Andrews, Charissa Thompson and Larry David together at last

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Erin Andrews and Charissa Thompson watched the Los Angeles Kings cling to life on Thursday night with a 6-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Do I care that they got to watch an NHL playoff game for free because they work for a major sports network? No. Do I care that they got to hang out with Larry David? You better f—ing believe it.

Thompson posted the selfie you see above on Twitter along with another photo of her sitting in the front row next to our man LD.

The average 26-year-old male might be jealous that Larry David got to spend time with Erin and Charissa. If you know anything about me, you know that LD is my idol. I’d kill to watch one period of Kings-Sharks hockey with this dude:

H/T The Big Lead

Dancing With the Stars hoping to draw ‘young male following’ with Erin Andrews

Erin-AndrewsABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” officially announced on Monday that Erin Andrews will be taking the place of former co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet for the show’s upcoming season. Burke-Charvet, 42, said she was “shocked” by the decision and had no idea she was being let go. It sounds like youth was the driving force behind the move.

According to Us Weekly, “Dancing With the Stars” executives loved Burke-Charvet but are hoping Andrews will make the show more appealing to a “young male following.”

“Everyone loved [Brooke], but the execs wanted a whole new show,” a source reportedly told Us. “They’re desperate for those (young male) viewers.”

Makes sense — kind of. Andrews is 35 and is more in her “prime” than Burke, who appeared in Playboy Magazine in 2004 when she was roughly Andrews’ age. However, are young men really going to watch a show that is predicated on dancing just to see Andrews?

Andrews will still be fulfilling her duties with FOX Sports, so I’m guessing any guy who wants to drool over her will be tuning into a college football pregame show before he tosses on “Dancing With the Stars.” In reality, DWTS was just looking to inject newer, younger energy. Such is life in the television business.