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Report: Former ESPN boss wants to hire Michelle Beadle, Katie Nolan

Michelle Beadle

Michelle Beadle and Katie Nolan are both currently free agents after once holding prominent roles with ESPN, and it sounds like they each could have an opportunity to reunite with their former boss.

John Skipper was the president at ESPN when Beadle and Nolan enjoyed lucrative careers there. Skipper, who co-founded Meadowlark Media with Dan Le Batard after leaving ESPN, told Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports on Thursday that he is open to discussing roles for Beadle and Nolan at his new company.

“Yes, I enjoyed working with them. Yes, I think they’re talented. Of course, Meadowlark would be interested,” Skipper said.

The model for Meadowlark is to give its content creators editorial freedom, and Skipper says the same would be offered to Beadle and Nolan. Jemele Hill, another former ESPN employee, now works for Meadowlark.

“At Meadowlark, we do want to recruit talented people,” Skipper added. “We’re prepared to recruit people — and give them editorial freedom — in what they say. We’re interested in people we think can range across a variety of genres. They both qualify for all that.”

Nolan confirmed this week that she has left ESPN after four years with the network. She hosted “Always Late” at ESPN and has a relationship with Le Batard from when she made appearances on his show, “Highly Questionable.” That show was canceled after Le Batard left ESPN.

Beadle left ESPN’s “Get Up!” roughly a year ago after she spoke out against the sport of football and expressed anger over former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer not being fired amid the Zach Smith scandal. She then became the host of “NBA Countdown” before reaching a buyout agreement with ESPN in 2019. There was talk that ESPN was upset with Beadle for not fulfilling her responsibilities off the air.

It sounds like Beadle is looking into a number of career opportunities. Nolan will likely do the same.

Katie Nolan confirms departure from ESPN

Katie Nolan

Katie Nolan is out at ESPN after four years at the network.

Nolan confirmed Wednesday that she was no longer with ESPN, and suggested she would take her time in assessing what her next step in sports media would be.

Nolan had previously hosted “Always Late” for the network, and also made appearances on Dan Le Batard’s show “Highly Questionable.” That show was also canceled after Le Batard left the network. Nolan had most recently hosted the “Sports?” podcast after confirming the cancellation of “Always Late.”

Prior to her time at ESPN, Nolan had been a regular fixture at FOX Sports. It remains to be seen what she will do next.

ESPN’s Katie Nolan responds to report about her show being canceled

Katie Nolan

Katie Nolan responded on Twitter Monday after news emerged that her show had been cancelled.

OutKick’s Bobby Burack reported that “Always Late with Katie Nolan” was cancelled by ESPN. Burack’s report came in response to Twitter users noticing that Nolan referred to her shows in the past tense.

Recognizing that the situation was making headlines, Nolan responded on Twitter. She said her show was cancelled over a year ago. She seemed annoyed to have to relive the matter.

Nolan signed a multi-year contract with ESPN in 2017 that reportedly pays her around $1 million annually. Her show initially aired on ESPN+ and was responsible for a couple of viral videos and a Sports Emmy nomination. However, poor viewership resulted in “Always Late” being moved to ESPN2 in September 2019. It was ultimately cancelled a handful of months later.

Nolan still has her “Sports?” podcast and makes regular appearances on ESPN’s “Highly Questionable.”

Katie Nolan’s show reportedly canceled by ESPN

Katie Nolan

Katie Nolan’s ESPN show “Always Late with Katie Nolan” has not aired in over a year, but the network has yet to make a formal announcement about it. As many have speculated, the show has been canceled.

Bobby Burack of Outkick was told by sources on Monday that ESPN quietly canceled Nolan’s show. The report comes after people noticed that Nolan changed her Twitter profile to refer to “Always Late” in the past tense.

Nolan signed a multi-year contract with ESPN back in 2017 that reportedly pays her around $1 million annually. Her show initially aired on ESPN+ and was responsible for a couple of viral videos and a Sports Emmy nomination. However, poor viewership resulted in “Always Late” being moved to ESPN2 in September 2019.

Nolan still has her “Sports?” podcast and makes regular appearances on ESPN’s “Highly Questionable.” However, Burack notes that her long-term future with the network is in question now that “Always Late” has been canceled.

You may remember when Nolan briefly made her Twitter private last year following a spat with Jason Whitlock. The profile is public again, and Nolan has more than 600,000 followers.

Katie Nolan goes private on Twitter amid exchange with Jason Whitlock

Katie Nolan

ESPN TV host Katie Nolan turned her Twitter account private on Monday amid an exchange with writer Jason Whitlock.

On Sunday, Whitlock, who writes for OutKick.com, published a column about another ESPN host, Maria Taylor. Whitlock cautioned Taylor to avoid making the career mistake of turning off sports fans by embracing victimhood. Taylor’s response to a radio host who talked about her outfit on Twitter, and another radio host who questioned her All-NBA voting privileges, prompted the column.

In the column about Taylor, Whitlock brought up Nolan.

Whitlock took a shot at Nolan by saying she benefits from her “beauty.”

“Beauty, most especially in television, has a privilege that trumps virtually all other privileges. Beauty intoxicates TV executives, bloggers and journalists, and it masks a lack of accomplishment, qualifications and skill. Beauty transformed Katie Nolan from bartender to seven-figure personality, Emmy Award-winner and the darling of aroused bloggers and TV critics willing to ignore her pedestrian humor and inability to execute live television,” Whitlock wrote about Nolan.

Whitlock even used the paragraph about Nolan when promoting his article via Twitter.

That led to a response from Nolan.

“you’re *this close* to making an actual point about the expectation of women to not only be good at their job but also beautiful, but actual points don’t pay the bills huh. keep this same energy next time I see you though.” Nolan wrote in response.

Whitlock then wrote a follow-up column on Monday specifically about Nolan. His focus was making the argument that Nolan benefits from a media system protecting pretty white female sports TV personalities.

Nolan may have decided she did not want to engage with Whitlock and the storyline anymore, because she turned her Twitter private.

Nolan, 33, hosts “Always Late with Katie Nolan” on ESPN2 and an ESPN podcast called “Sports? With Katie Nolan.” She hosted shows for FOX Sports from 2013-2017 before being hired by ESPN. Nolan won a Sports Emmy Award in 2016 for her work on “Garbage Time.”

Katie Nolan’s show being moved to ESPN2

ESPN has had some trouble carving out a role for Katie Nolan since signing her to a multiyear contract back in 2017, and the network is planning to try something new in the near future.

Nolan’s weekly show, “Always Late with Katie Nolan,” is being moved from the ESPN+ streaming service to a late night spot on ESPN2. Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports that the show has not generated much viewership in its first year, despite making a couple of viral videos and receiving a Sports Emmy nomination. ESPN+ has a strong subscription base with more than 2.4 million users, but Marchand notes that many of those subscribers use it as a platform for games rather than shows like Nolan’s.

ESPN still believes Nolan’s personality can work with the network, and her program will now air at 12:30 a.m. on Thursdays beginning Sept. 26. Nolan is expected to increase her presence on Facebook as part of the move in addition to continuing with her “Sports? With Katie Nolan” podcast.

Nolan’s contract reportedly pays her around $1.3 million per year, which is significant when you consider that she was hired right around the time ESPN made some shocking layoffs. You can understand why the network wants to find a spot for her that works.