Michelle Beadle Reportedly Getting The Axe From ESPN, Will Be Replaced On ‘NBA Countdown’

Michelle Beadle Being Replaced On NBA Countdown By Nichols Taylor

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Despite her denials, Michelle Beadle is reportedly being replaced by ESPN as the host of NBA Countdown.

There had been rumblings over the past several weeks that the longtime ESPN show host could be on the outs with the company she’s worked for since 2009.

ESPN executives were reportedly unhappy with Beadle for failing to promote her program on outside venues and for rarely appearing on ESPN’s morning show Get Up!

It was also reported that “factions in Bristol not enamored” with Beadle as the host of NBA Countdown.

Beadle admitting on the air that she no longer watched the NFL or college football, two of ESPN’s biggest properties, also reportedly did not go over well with her bosses.

In July, a report by SportsbyBrooks.com claimed Beadle “will probably no longer appear on ESPN on a regular basis and that the company has been contemplating possibly moving her to ABC.”

This report came a month after SportsbyBrooks.com claimed to have “learned from multiple sources that ESPN on-air talents Maria Taylor and Rachel Nichols are under consideration to take over as host of Countdown.”

On Friday, Richard Deitsch of The Athletic tweeted, “ESPN is planning to name Rachel Nichols & Maria Taylor as the hosts of NBA Countdown for this upcoming season. Formal announcement should come in coming weeks. The expectation, via sources, is both will host the show. They’ll split the assignment in some manner.”

Reactions by fans to the news of Beadle being replaced on NBA Countdown by Nichols and Taylor has been mixed, to say the least.