Erin Andrews may not want the world, but she certainly wants more than mere sideline-reporting duties, asserting reality TV as within the realm of possibilities as she heads to Fox.
Big Lead Sports directs our attention to a recent interview Erin Andrews gave to Only Gators, and it includes Adam Sandler, career advice from the SNL crew and Andrews featuring on non-sports programming.
We have all been struck with Andrews leaving ESPN and now featuring on Fox Sports. That fact is met with a great deal of, "what does it all mean?"—continuing to make sports fans among the most melodramatic in the world.
We still haven't settled on exactly what Andrews will be doing. As we reported earlier, she will have a hand in the proceedings at the 2012 MLB All-Star game, and will feature in NFL programing as well as have a primetime college football show.
So what else?
She paints quite the picture of possibilities when asked about reports she auditioned for and may possibly be a finalist for the hosting job on X Factor, via Only Gators.
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We are really interested in trying a bunch of different things. I don’t know where they are with all of that but my goodness, it’s on FOX. I would definitely love to also try to be a judge on So You Think You Can Dance? for one episode, too, because I’m obsessed with that show. We’re really open to a lot of things right now. It doesn’t even really have to be those two shows. There’s just this whole new kind of pot of gold with all these different things that are shining and sparkling...The most important thing for me was getting the sports contract done. I needed to get that done because that is my bread and butter...
Yes, she may take over the Fox network like the blob did in the movie, um, The Blob, only pretty and with sideline-reporting chops.
It's far too early to say if we will see Andrews outside the realm of sports like we do with Michelle Beadle on Access Hollywood.
My initial reaction is one of trepidation. I will use the example of Beadle who has obvious charisma to host shows outside sports and pure reporting.
With Andrews, we have only really seen her on the sidelines so I am not hopeful the transition would be a smooth one.
Things get even sillier when she is asked about her cameo in this summer's That's My Boy, a film by Adam Sandler. It seems she received some career advice from the comedian and his cohorts.
Actually talking to (Adam) Sandler a lot about my decision if I was going to stay at ESPN or go. He was giving me a lot of advice about what it is like leaving Saturday Night Live and how you kind of feel like it’s the end-all-be-all and you feel like it’s your time to branch out. Andy Samberg had just left the show and we were talking a little bit about that. I actually just hosted an event with Seth Meyers and I was talking to him about that as well...
You can call off the worry train because her career is in the safe hands of Adam Sandler, a man who thought Jack and Jill was a good idea.
I jest, but it's time to put the critic's hat on and examine how much Fox is willing to put into Erin Andrews being a superstar at their network.
I would like to see a great deal more from her outside sideline reporting before she traipses off to do reality TV and a myriad of other opportunities.
She may have been pigeonholed at the Worldwide Leader, but this smells of Fox stretching her much too thin.
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