Controversial Erin Andrews Leaves ESPN, Joins FOX Sports (UPDATED)
Controversy-plagued Erin Andrews is leaving her co-hosting gig at ESPN when her contract expires at the end of this month.
The cable network’s VP of Communications Josh Krulewitz broke the news on Twitter. “Erin Andrews leaving ESPN,” he writes. “She did great work for us & we made an aggressive offer to keep her. We wish her the best on her next chapter.”
Where’s Andrews landing next?
Sport Illustrated reports that her next gig will be at FOX Sports. The cable channel has apparently been aggressively pursuing Andrews, 34, for its newly launched regular-season college football coverage. A Fox spokesperson declined to comment to Celebuzz on the reported hire.
She made several unwanted headlines when it was discovered that a stalker had filmed her naked using peepholes at various hotels she was staying in. The video was released on the internet in 2009 and quickly went viral. Michael David Barrett, 46, was sentenced to 30 months in prison, three years of probation, $5,000 in fines and $7,366 in restitution for interstate stalking.
Andrews have been involved in other controversies including accusations that she had breast implants. Also, her journalistic integrity came under attack when she signed a deal to appear in Reebok ads earlier this year.
Most recently, HBO’s new series, The Newsroom, referred to the reporter as Jeff Daniels’ character’s girlfriend, which created speculation that she would appear on the show. Andrews played along on Twitter, writing, “I can neither confirm nor deny speculation I’m dating the main character."
UPDATE: On Sunday, FOX Sports officially announced that Andrews will anchor its new college football show and studio coverage, as well as contribute to its MLB and NFL overage, among other major events. The sports journalist also tweeted on Sunday, "It is official…I'm going to @FOXsports. An incredible opportunity for me & cannot wait to start! CFB kickoff is two months from today!" She also writes, "Going to miss my @ESPN family and the @collegegameday crew. Will always appreciate everything all of you did for me. #Respect #ThankYou."
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