Wendi Nix, the long-standing host of ESPN’s “College Football Live,” announced her departure from the network in a post to her Instagram.
“Exactly 17 years ago, I walked into ESPN wide-eyed and excited,” Nix declared. “This week, I walk out the same way. Grateful, but equally excited about the next chapter. To be continued…”
Her decision to leave her longtime employer may be acknowledgement of the sports network’s financial difficulties.
ESPN recently terminated contracts for 20 on-air talents. Nix’s contract was nearing its expiration and was not renewed by the network, according to a report from Deadline.
Among the household names released by ESPN were Jeff Van Gundy, Todd McShay, Steve Young, Max Kellerman, Keyshawn Johnson, Nick Friedell and Jalen Rose.
The position vacated by Nix on “College Football Live” will be filled by Kelsey Riggs. Riggs, who became a part of ESPN in 2019, previously served as a host at the ACC Network.
Her nearly two-decade stint at the helm of college football reporting was acknowledged by colleagues, as reported by The New York Post.
“Amazing run, Wendi!” commented NFL host and reporter Field Yates. “Best of luck with whatever is next!”
College football personality Ryan McGee wrote, “Proud to be your teammate!!!”
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