Plenty of viewers are wondering what happened to Michelle Beadle, the now-former host of NBA Countdown. On Friday, it was revealed that Beadle will no longer work on that particular ABC-ESPN program.
The news comes nearly a year after she lost another ESPN job on the show Get Up! and reports swirled about her not being the best “team player” at the network.
Beadle among changes for NBA Countdown
According to the NY Post, sources confirmed to them that Beadle is being dropped from the show NBA Countdown. The show aired ahead of NBA games and also featured former NBA players Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce, and Jalen Rose.
Mostly, it was a pre-show with the team returning for halftime and post-game analysis, especially during the NBA Finals.
In addition to NBA Countdown dropping Beadle, it’s being reported that Billups will also be off the show. However, Billups will move to a job doing game commentary now.
As far as Pierce, it’s unknown if he will continue as a member of the show. There are no reports yet that Jalen Rose is leaving or off the show.
ESPN’s rumored retooling of NBA Countdown is reportedly closer to happening, with Rachel Nichols and Maria Taylor reportedly replacing Michelle Beadle https://t.co/x64cACcPgm pic.twitter.com/5WJga8oDWE
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) August 16, 2019
Beadle first started working with ESPN back in June 2009, co-hosting SportsNation with Colin Cowherd. She left ESPN three years later to work briefly at NBC as a host on NBC Sports Network and an Access Hollywood correspondent.
Eventually, she returned to ESPN in 2014 to co-host SportsNation. She also had her own podcast as part of Grantland in that same year.
She began her hosting gig with NBA Countdown back in 2016. In April of 2018, she started working as a co-host on Get Up! with Jalen Rose and Mike Greenberg.
About four months later, ESPN revealed that Beadle was leaving Get Up! to focus more on the NBA coverage.
What happened to Michelle Beadle at ESPN?
So what happened to Michaelle Beadle exactly?
Last month, Sports by Brooks posted a report in which they discussed comments Beadle previously made on the Get Up! program. Her commentary involved how she no longer watches college sports or the NFL.
See the YouTube video clip of the August 23, 2018 segment below. Following those particular remarks, the network announced she was leaving the show to focus more on the NBA.
Sports by Brooks also mentioned that ESPN might be trying to move Beadle to ABC and off ESPN completely. A NY Post report in early June suggested that people at ESPN weren’t “enamored” with Beadle’s efforts to be a “team player” and that a lot of her off-air issues contributed to them wanting to move her.
Examples included her lack of promotion of her shows in other venues.
Possible replacements for NBA Countdown
With Michelle Beadle and Chauncey Billups out of the Countdown crew, it leaves several openings. On Friday, Richard Deitsch tweeted that there will be two replacements for Beadle with Rachel Nichols and Maria Taylor joining the show.
Most likely, they will split hosting duties in some capacity. Nichols will also continue her work as the host of ESPN’s The Jump.
As for Michelle Beadle: She’s well-liked by the talent she works with and she’ll be working on-air somewhere. The Q is whether that will be for ESPN or elsewhere. To be determined.
ESPN declined comment on all.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) August 16, 2019
To fill the spot left by Chauncey Billups, former players Richard Jefferson and Jay Williams have been mentioned as prime candidates to replace him. As mentioned, Jalen Rose could remain as part of the show.
Right now, Michelle Beadle’s next move seems to be unknown. The various reports say she makes $5 million per year with ESPN with no role at the network specified yet.