Golf Channel's Erik Kuselias out at Morning Drive

Fred Altvater@@tolohgolfrContributor IIMay 14, 2012

Erik Kuselias, Holly Sonders, and Gary Williams on the set of Golf Channel's Morning Drive
Erik Kuselias, Holly Sonders, and Gary Williams on the set of Golf Channel's Morning Drive

It has been reported that Golf Channel’s Morning Drive co-host, Erik Kuselias, has been reassigned by NBC Sports to another segment of the NBC family. 

Just as Adele would sing it “Rumor Has It.” he and fellow Golf Channel Morning Drive co-hostess Holly Sonders were having an affair, according to Deadspin.com.

Kuselias’ contract with ESPN was not renewed at the end of 2010, and he was picked up by Golf Channel as co-host for Morning Drive, which first aired in January 2011.

Morning Drive with Kuselias, Gary Williams, and Sonders as co-hosts has been well received, and has become a workhorse for Golf Channel’s early-morning programming.

The show features interviews with players, top golf writers, and other golf industry personalities reporting on the leading topics from around the golfing universe.

Kuselias brought an edgy, slightly over-the-top personality to the show, which made a counter point to Gary Williams' more laid back, easy-going style.

Golf Channel has been using substitute co-hosts for Kuselias over the last week. Jason Sobel, Jerry Foltz, Paul Goydos and even swing coach extraordinaire, Butch Harmon, took a turn in the co-host seat.

In January 2011, Comcast—the parent company of Golf Channel—acquired a majority interest in NBC Universa,l the parent of the NBC Network.  NBC has combined its golf broadcasting efforts through the Golf Channel.

The combination brings together a myriad of golf broadcasting talent and has seemed to work well. 

NBC golf broadcast stalwarts, Johnny Miller, Dan Hicks, Roger Maltbie, and Gary Koch blend in nicely with the Golf Channel’s on air personalities, Nick Faldo, Terry Gannon, Kelly Tilghman, and Rich Lerner.

CBS can't be too thrilled that their lead broadcast analyst, Nick Faldo, also appears on occasional NBC golf broadcasts though.

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