HBO personality Bill Simmons told WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Wednesday he found out from Twitter that he had been fired by ESPN.
In May, ESPN announced it would not renew Simmons’s contract, which expired at the end of September. Deadspin reported in May that Simmons found out about the decision on Twitter, which he confirmed Wednesday.
“It was abrupt,” Simmons said. “I found out on Twitter. That’s probably not how you want to find out after 14 years.”
Through his interview with Simmons, Francesa also revealed he agreed to take part in an ESPN documentary about the Mike and the Mad Dog radio show. Simmons was a producer on ESPN’s 30 for 30 series from its inception.
HBO announced it had signed Simmons in July. The former columnist will host a TV show for the network beginning next year, and earlier this month Simmons re-launched his podcast.
- Rohan Nadkarni