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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.

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Monday Night Football shakeup: Kornheiser out, Gruden in

by Allison Waldman, posted May 18th 2009 3:37PM
Monday nightThere'll be a new face in the Monday Night Football booth this season. Pardon The Interruption's Tony Kornheiser is out after three years and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach – and Super Bowl winner -- Jon Gruden, is in. Gruden, who was dumped by the Bucs at the end of last season, has been sitting in on ESPN as a commentator, so this is a logical progression for him, although he does claim that he wants to be a head coach again some time in the future.

That's an interesting notion because usually when a guy gets into the booth, he doesn't get out. Dick Vermeil is one of the few to jump back and forth; John Madden, who retired from NBC less than a month ago, was one who never returned to the sidelines.

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Monday Night Football to feature McCain & Obama on election eve

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 30th 2008 2:15PM
MNFAt the rate they're going, the 2008 presidential candidates will have made appearances on every kind of TV program before voting day arrives. No show is too insignificant, it seems. (Seriously, if only we could have seen Obama and McCain do the cha-cha on Dancing with the Stars!)

Therefore, it comes as no big shock that on the eve of the election -- Monday, November 3 -- the presidential candidates are going to appear on ESPN's Monday Night Football.

They will be interviewed -- separately on tape -- by half-time anchor Chris "Boomer" Berman. The anticipated time is 10:15 p.m. (ET), but because of the flow of the game, it could be closer to 10:30.

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Why don't Bill O'Reilly or Keith Olbermann have a Stat Boy?

by Jay Black, posted Apr 29th 2008 11:42AM
Sorry, but you guys are WRONG...I've mentioned several times in this space about my love for ESPN's Pardon the Interruption, but I can always find a reason to say it again: I love this show! I mean, both Kornheiser and Wilbon rank several places higher than most of my family on my Kidney Donation short-list. I don't want to overstate the issue, but spending an afternoon eating pizza and watching PTI makes me understand how Cartman felt when he got own his own amusement park. Soooooooooo happy.

As I was describing (yet again) to my wife how much I love the show, something occurred to me regarding all the other other millions and millions talking-head shows bouncing around my digital cable box: why don't any of them employ a stat boy?

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Jimmy Kimmel banned from Monday Night Football - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 17th 2007 3:29PM

KimmelAfter what he did the other night, don't espect Jimmy Kimmel to pop up on ESPN's Monday Night Football again.

The show has banned the late night talk show host after his appearance two nights ago. During the Giants/Falcons game, Kimmel suddenly said "I'd also like to welcome Joe Theismann, watching from his living room at home with steam coming out of his ears." Theissman was let go from the show before this season started. MNF producer Jay Rothman called what Kimmel said "classless and disappointing."

The video after the jump has the joke about Theismann, but Kimmel also asked if it was Tony Kornheiser who got Theismann fired and joked about Kornheiser and Ron Jaworski betting on games.

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Kornheiser freaked out about Monday Night Football

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 14th 2006 4:09PM

Tony KornheiserThe ESPN sports show host (and subject of that lame Jason Alexander sitcom from a couple of years ago, Listen Up) makes his debut tonight on Monday Night Football, a preseason game between the Raiders and the Vikings, and he's a little worried about it. As he says in a not-so-subtle way in this New York Times piece, "I'm going to bomb."

Maybe this is just a way of lowering expectations. He's not going to bomb or be terrible. I mean, Tony, it can't be any worse than Listen Up, can it?

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When did ESPN expand PTI into SportsCenter?

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 26th 2006 8:53PM
Pardon the InterruptionI haven't watched ESPN's Pardon the Interruption in a while; I listen to Jim Breuer's Sirius show from 4-6 PM and never seem to remember to switch over to PTI at 5:30. Not to say I don't like it; in fact, Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser have a chemistry together I haven't seen since Gene Siskel was still alive and arguing with Roger Ebert.

But when I do get around to watching the show, I notice a troubling trend: ESPN has decided to expand the show, delaying the final "Big Finish" segment until about fifteen minutes into the 6:00 SportsCenter.

What gives? I mean, I know why they're doing it; PTI fans will stick with SC until that segment airs, thus boosting the highlight show's ratings. But I still think it's a cheap and manipulative move by ESPN. I no longer watch SC because the anchors there are too worried about creating catchphrases than actually describing sports highlights. To have to sit through 15 minutes of some flunkie going "say 'ello to my little friend!" when someone hits a home run just to see PTI finish just stinks. Guess I won't be watching the "Big Finish" anytime soon. Too bad.

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Tirico, Kornheiser to join ESPN's Monday Night Football: Michaels to NBC?

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 8th 2006 5:42PM
Madden and Michaels to be reunited on
NBC?In a development that surprised no one, ESPN has announced that Mike Tirico and Tony Kornheiser will join Joe Theismann in the booth for their version of Monday Night Football, set to debut this fall. Because Kornheiser also co-hosts the popular ESPN show Pardon The Interruption, this means that Tony and his PTI compadre Michael Wilbon will take the show on the road every Monday during the football season, airing the show from the location of that night's game.

So, what happened with Al Michaels? Wasn't he supposed to be doing MNF next year? Well, considering the fact that a) he has also been removed as ABC's number-one NBA announcer (to be replaced by Mike Breen), and b) there have been rumors floating around that he wanted to break his newly-signed ESPN contract and join John Madden on NBC's new Sunday Night broadcast, chances are good that Super Bowl XL was the last game Michaels called in his thirty-year ABC career. No official announcement has come out yet, but expect to see Michaels on the Peacock Network next fall.

More information can be found in this Reuters article, with actual quotes on Michaels from ESPN executives included.

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