When we found out that Michelle Beadle would be leaving ESPN2's SportsNation for the NBC family of networks, there was no way that viewers could reasonably expect that the next host would actually be an upgrade over in the looks department.
That's exactly what we got, though, as Charissa Thompson has been named Beadle's successor and will co-host the show with Colin Cowherd.
According to Thompson's website, she previously worked for Fox Sports, covering events for Fox NFL Sunday, BCS Bowl Games and frequently appearing on the Best Damn Sports Show Period. She also covered two MLB All-Star Game Red Carpet shows.
Thompson hosted the FSN Baseball Report, WNBA Weekly and Shaq Vs. She was also a reporter for FSN's BCS Breakdown and the BCS ratings show. Thompson also worked as a reporter at the World Cup for Yahoo! Sports, the Big Ten Network and covered PAC-10 basketball games.
Prior to joining SportsNation, she started working with ESPN as a host on "Numbers Never Lie" in September 2011.
It will be interesting to see if the 30-year-old University of California, Santa Barbara alum can develop the same kind of chemistry with Cowherd that Beadle had with her former co-host. Cowherd probably got used to working with Beadle every day and wasn't in awe of her looks, so I'm looking forward to seeing how he reacts when he starts working with a new bombshell.
Thompson said this, as per USA Today: "Am I replacing Michelle Beadle? No. No one is going to replace her."
What a virtuous personality trait humbleness is.
Her humility is even more impressive seeing as she was nominated as one of Playboy's Sexiest Sportscasters of the Year in 2009. She was still remaining when the field was whittled down to five finalists, but she lost out to Erin Andrews.
Could this be the beginning of a female sportscaster rivalry between Andrews and Thompson. As far as I'm concerned, Andrews has the profession on lock thanks to her seniority and the ever-swirling tabloids that surround her existence.
Thompson answered five questions today regarding her SportsNation debut, which can be found here. One question asked her if she would treat Cowherd any differently, and this was her response:
"I won't treat Colin any differently. I have a sarcastic sense of humor so I'm sure people will think I am being mean to him but, in fact, it’s the opposite!"
That's what I like to hear. It's going to make for a fun show if she's giving it to Cowherd everyday in the form of snide remarks and sarcasm.
If you didn't catch her first show today, you can catch her every weekday at 5:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.