Michelle Beadle will make her long-awaited return to ESPN on Monday.
The 38-year-old sports anchor, who hosted SportsNation with Colin Cowherd from 2009-12 before leaving for NBC, tweeted the news herself, confirming that she will return on the show that originally helped her gain immense fame:
Beadle's time with NBC was somewhat of a disaster.
Although she received praise for her work during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the NBC Sports Network show that was supposed to be built around her—The Crossover—crashed, burned and was canceled after less than a year.
Fortunately, Beadle originally left ESPN on good terms, and as her falling out with NBC continued, it allowed for a return to "The Worldwide Leader in Sports."
Many, such as ESPN's Dick Vitale and SportsCenter anchor Steve Weissman, were thrilled with the news:
As for the capacity in which she'll be working with ESPN, that remains somewhat of an unknown.
Her presence on SportsNation—which is currently hosted by Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley—will only drive the show's popularity, but Beadle is only expected to make guest spots for now.
Back in late January, Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch reported that Beadle would appear on SportsNation initially but would likely end up hosting or co-hosting "a New York-based show with another ESPN talent at some point."
Deitsch also let us know what to expect on Twitter on Monday:
This seems like a good move for everyone involved. Both sides paired to created a successful relationship during Beadle's first stint, and if utilized correctly, ESPN should see a ratings boost from her return.
On the other side of things, this is a move that should help Beadle get her career back on track after a rocky spell with NBC.
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