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ESPN Suspends Kornheiser Over Hannah Storm Remarks

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 23rd 2010 5:02PM
Tony KornheiserFor a cable network that is far and away the leader in sports television -- so much so that they've called themselves "The Worldwide Leader in Sports" for over 30 years now -- ESPN seems to be quite the tight-assed organization.

Despite forging a reputation for opinionated sports coverage via TV, radio, and internet, they have issued an edict to their employees to not say anything critical about fellow ESPNers, under threat of suspension or other finger-wagging punishment. Bill Simmons has chafed the most under these regulations, but Tony Kornheiser isn't far behind.

So when Kornheiser opened his radio show last week by criticizing the semi-revealing outfit 'SportsCenter' anchor Hannah Storm wore that morning, you knew something was coming. Sure enough, ESPN has suspended Kornheiser from 'Pardon the Interruption' for an indeterminate period of time, according to FanHouse.

Kornheiser did apologize to Storm, whom he said wore "red go-go boots" and a sweater he thought was too tight. Even the apology seemed more than necessary, so a suspension seems to be a bit extreme on ESPN's part.

Had Kornheiser said the same thing about, for instance, one of the short-skirted blondes on Fox News, would he have gotten the same punishment? Not sure. But I don't see why ESPNites are off limits in this case; Kornheiser was giving an honest opinion and trying to be funny all at the same time, which is what the network seems to be encouraging. Either Storm or the ESPN management -- or both -- really need to be able to roll with this kind of thing more, given the vast array of voices and opinions they boast among all their properties.

Hannah Storm and her red bootsAs for Storm's wardrobe... who cares? The Big Lead thinks she needs to revert to a more low-key approach with her clothing, citing both her age (she's 47... TBL found the outfits akin to something "you might see on a cougar at a bar") and the fact that other female sports anchors dress more conservatively.

But, from everything I've read about Storm, she's the one who's choosing to dress in these outfits, looking to shed the blander outfits she wore for years on CBS' 'The Early Show.' It's not like she's flirting her way through the locker room like Erin Andrews was accused of doing a couple of years ago. It's a sports show, not a news show; if she wants to feel comfortable and loose on camera while showing people that the concepts of "sexy" and "forty-seven" aren't mutually exclusive, so be it.

Of course, if her employer is uncomfortable with her mode of dress, that's a whole other matter. Deadspin has reported that, despite suspending Kornheiser, the Worldwide Leader has asked Storm to tone down a few of the outfits she wears on the air. So I guess if all you liked about ESPN was 'PTI' and Hannah Storm's red boots, you're out of luck on both counts.

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ella

All she needed was a pole and music and she could be the Club 21 dancer who plays the school girl. Maybe in Bristol Ct, home
of ESPN they find it 'classy"- have you ever been to Bristol- humm - not the swankiest of towns.
The outfit was laughable and not professional, for a woman of any age.

February 24 2010 at 3:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jgreenefields

Grow up EVERYBODY she is TOO OLD to wear that on camera, now at home,or her personal life, that is different. We are so PC that it is crazy, whether you like ESPN or not,whether you like Tony Kornheiser or not(I think he is a bore)he makes stupid statements all the time. But stupid is not mean spirited, nor is it a crime,it is just impolite.

February 24 2010 at 3:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kbean

I think this is brilliant move by ESPN. All they are doing is getting great publicity for PTI, at Ms. Storm's expense. She did look foolish and if Tony's crime was pointing it out then so be it. How many people have now seen the photo of her on stage and can say, "I think she looks fine in that outfit". It is obvious to me that she is being played on for a publicity stunt by ESPN. More people are going to pick up on this then the 10 or 20 people that would have been aware without the suspension. Now there will be millions of people tuning in to not only sports center (to see what other fantasy outfits she wears), but PTI (after Tony gets back), and his radio show (which is already one of the top rated podcast on itunes). If anyone thinks that the executives at ESPN didn't think about this you are crazy. The only true loser in all of this is Ms. Storm. Her outfits will now come under increased scrutiny and we can only imagine how tough it will be for her to top this. Maybe next week she can come out in a skin tight ballerina costume and dance across the stage. I'm sure those that have come to the show to see her "wacky outfits" would like to see that.

February 24 2010 at 12:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eugene

What a joke, and he's spot on by the way, that outfit is pretty much unfit for anything other than MTV

February 23 2010 at 10:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GL

He also makes humorous comments about his own pitiful appearance.

February 23 2010 at 7:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

Hannah's very good at what she does, and she's good looking to boot. Pun intended.

February 23 2010 at 6:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
STEVE

bIG DEAL ONCE THESE ANCHOR WOMAN START AGING THEY TRY TO LOOK LIKE A HIGHSCHOOL KID AGAIN AND AS IN THE PHOTO IT DOES NOT WORK FOR SOMEONE CLOSE TO 50, GET A GRIP WOMAN AND ACT YOUR AGE

February 23 2010 at 6:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brian

My understanding is it's 3 days, according to the MSN report I read.

February 23 2010 at 6:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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cgar

Wrong, 2 WEEKS! I'd quit if I was Kornheiser.

February 23 2010 at 8:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brian

They updated the story. When it was originally posted, it had 3 days down as his suspension.

February 24 2010 at 11:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cgar

ESPN is a joke. I wish someone would try to compete against them. People are dieing for an alternative to Sports Center.

February 23 2010 at 5:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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BC McKinney

That outfit isn't too sexy, it's just heinous. Clinton and Stacy need to be called in to show her 'What Not to Wear.' Or better, Trinny and Susannah, because they're much blunter and funnier.

February 23 2010 at 5:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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