ESPN is retooling its morning show, “Get Up!” announcing Friday that Michelle Beadle will depart to focus full-time on hosting the network’s NBA studio shows. Her last “Get Up!” will be Aug. 29.
The news comes a day after Beadle, in criticizing Ohio State’s handling of Urban Meyer, said she doesn’t watch either college or NFL football.
“There’s a reason why this will be the second season I don’t watch NFL and I don’t spend my Saturdays watching college football either,” Beadle said on the Aug. 23 show, per Yahoo Sports. “I believe that the sport of football has set itself up to be in a position where it shows itself in the bigger picture to not really care about women — they don’t really care about people of color, but we won’t get into that for NFL either — but as a woman I feel like a person who has been marginalized.”
“And every single one of these stories that comes out, every single time, pushes me further and further away,” she continued. “I realize they don’t care, but for me it’s opened up my weekends. I appreciate you for giving that to me. I don’t care anymore. I’ve lost the ability to be surprised.”
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) August 23, 2018
At a media event at their Bristol, Connecticut headquarters, ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro also spoke about how the network wants to repair its relationship with the NFL. Beadle’s comments also come as the show is adding multiple football analysts with both seasons on the horizon.
Beadle, who also extended her contract with ESPN, will remain as host of “NBA Countdown” and host a new post-game show, “NBA After the Buzzer” during basketball season. Mike Greenberg and Jalen Rose will remain with “Get Up!” alongside a rotating third member.
“We remain very committed to ‘Get Up!’ and the show continues to provide important context, wide-ranging expertise and strong analysis and opinions, led by Mike Greenberg, Jalen Rose and a very talented, hard-working team. It remains a central part of our revamped morning lineup,” said Connor Schell, ESPN’s executive VP of content.