Erin Andrews is officially leaving ESPN and, while nothing has been confirmed, she is expected to land at Fox Sports.
Andrews has been ESPN’s signature sideline reporter for both college football and basketball, but ESPN confirmed on Friday that she is moving on to something else. Sporting News reports that network publicist Mike Soltys wrote on Twitter that:
“Erin Andrews leaving ESPN. She did great work for us & we made aggressive offer to keep her. Wish her best on her next chapter.”
Yahoo Sports notes that rumors about the breakup have been circulating since March, saying that Andrews has been unhappy with ESPN and that her agent has been shopping for a new home for the sports reporter. Her contract officially ends on July 1st, and her last on air assignment with the network was the ACC basketball tournament in March.
SI.com has noted that Erin Andrews will most likely end up at Fox Sports, as the network has been sweetening their deal. Fox has declined to comment, and Lewis Kay, a representative for Andrews, stated, “We are not in a position to discuss Erin’s next career move.”
Yahoo Sports reports that Erin Andrews’ fame has grown in the past couple of years since she signed her last contract with ESPN and she was given the opportunity to host the first hour of the network’s popular show, College Football GameDay. She has also appeared on Good Morning America, performed interviews at the 2011 Oscars red carpet, and showed off her dancing moves on Dancing with the Stars.
Erin Andrews is not the first prominent female broadcast personality to leave ESPN this year, as Michelle Beadle, who hosted “SportsNation” left the network for NBC Universal a little bit over a month ago. Beadle will be a part of the network’s 2012 London Olympics coverage.