Traina Thoughts: Speculation Has Charissa Thompson Leaving Fox For ESPN
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1. As you know, ESPN's Mike & Mike radio show will soon be no more, with Mike Greenberg bolting for his own TV show that is set to debut on Jan. 1. Sporting News ran a story a couple of weeks ago saying that ESPN wanted to lure Charissa Thompson away from Fox Sports to join the Greenberg show. Speculation that this could happen was ramped up on Monday when Thompson took to Instagram to announce that she was leaving her hosting job on Extra.
•Great news.. @mariolopezextra no longer has to courtesy laugh at my jokes! I can't believe it's been 3 years since I entered the world of entertainment and only because @lisagregorischdempsey took a chance on me (even if I only knew who George Clooney was)! •My tenure on @extratv has been nothing short of incredible and I am moving on to the next chapter with a VERY grateful heart. •This show is more than just a show it's a family and I have made friendships that will last a lifetime. @julie_kozak •I'm excited for the new cast to make their debut in Sept , especially my little nugget @reneebargh who is so deserving of her new role!! •To avoid rambling I will simply say thank you to the viewers , thank you to the staff / crew (you guys are SO amazing) and especially thank you to @mariolopezextra you will never know how much I appreciate you and how grateful I am to have stood next to you for the last three years. Don't ignore my texts & I will always respect the fact you don't use emojis !! Love you so much•
How anyone could walk away from working with A.C. Slater is a mystery, but that's beside the point. If Thompson did leave Fox, it would leave them in a pickle since she hosts the network's pre pregame show, which will begin in just about a month.
SI media reporter, Richard Deitsch, however, says everyone should pump the brakes on Thompson-to-ESPN.
In addition, a source told me Marcellus Wiley and Jalen Rose will become Greenberg's co-hosts, but that is just speculation as well.
2. The quote of the day comes from Panthers linebacker Ben Boulware, who said this about his beard in the video below: "I'm like the hot ugly guy. I'm pretty ugly, but this makes you pretty hot. This adds character. Like, I'm probably one of the hottest ugly guys on the team because of this bad boy right here."
3. This was a hell of a moment between Braun Stroman and Roman Reigns on Monday Night Raw last night.
4. Hard Knocks returns to HBO tonight. This season will cover the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Here's a sneak peek featuring Mike Evans telling DeSean Jackson about his new love of emjois.
5. The Wall Street Journal's Jason Gay has a great read on the history of the Jay Cutler Face.
6. Former Carolina Panthers teammates, running back DeAngelo Williams and tight end Gary Bardnidge, teamed up for quite a pool stunt yesterday.
7. What a day for iconic funny men. Netflix announced that David Letterman will be doing a six-episode series for them in 2018. Meanwhile, a new podcast, Origins, will debut on Sept. 6 with a five-part series on the origins of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Host, James Andrew Miller, will be joined by Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Susie Essman, Richard Lewis and more for the series.
8. RANDOM WRESTLING VIDEO OF THE DAY: One of my most favorite memories of old-school WWF when I was a kid was Paul Orndorff turning on Bobby Heenan. Watch Heenan's mouth when Orndorff is going off on him. The Brain literally mouths the words in the script.