Mega popular TV studio host Michelle Beadle of the hit ESPN show will reportedly be leaving the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” to work for NBC Universal, according to Sports by Brooks:
SbB has learned Michelle Beadle will depart ESPN for NBC Sports with the plan for her to land eventually at Access Hollywood as co-host.— SPORTSbyBROOKS (@SPORTSbyBROOKS) May 10, 2012
UPDATE: While nothing is set in stone, it sounds like an official announcement is on the way soon, as the folks at Awful Announcing confirm:
Michelle Beadle and NBC are definitely working towards a deal, but we've been told it has not been finalized as of yet.— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) May 10, 2012
The transition will be an easy one for Beadle, who has increasingly displayed her interest in subjects not related to sports in recent weeks on Twitter, and even on air during her sports-themed show.
Her bubbling personality and incredible comfort level in front of the camera made her one of the top “free-agent” sports anchors on the market. She is engaging, seems to genuinely care about what she’s talking about and always brings a strong opinion. I have little doubt she’ll be able to handle Hollywood gossip with ease.
According to Sports by Brooks, NBC will be using her for a variety of other programs before making the transition to Access Hollywood:
Before Beadle transitions to NBCUniversal-distributed Access Hollywood, she'll cover Olympics, appear on Today Show, among other duties.— SPORTSbyBROOKS (@SPORTSbyBROOKS) May 10, 2012
Beadle’s contract with ESPN will be up on May 31, which means the end of her tenure is quickly approaching.
My guess is that Beadle will make a few cameos on the popular Today Show so she can introduce herself to a much broader audience. That will lead into the Olympics in August, where I’d assume she is going to have a major role in some capacity.
By then, she’ll be a face that most of America will be familiar with. With an outstanding fanbase on her side, she will certainly be able to boost the ratings of Access Hollywood.
Sports fans are going to be upset with this news, but the goal of all TV anchors is to reach the broadest audience possible, and landing a gig with a major network like NBC is a no-brainer.
So, enjoy SportsNation while it lasts. It has less than a month to go before vanishing into thin air.