Report: Michelle Beadle to Leave NBC Sports and Return to ESPN

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2014

USA Today

According to reports, Michelle Beadle is set to return to ESPN just two years after leaving the network.

USA Today's The Big Lead's Jason McIntyre reported in September that Beadle was leaving NBC, and Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch reported on Tuesday that she will make the switch back to ESPN.

After leaving ESPN in 2012, she got her chance to show what she could do on NBC. The 38-year-old was a big part of NBC Sports' coverage of the 2012 London Olympics. She also co-hosted The Crossover, which was cancelled in September, and Access Hollywood.

Beadle wasn't thrilled when her show was cancelled. Before it was official, she made critical comments about the decision on the Sports Media Weekly podcast, via FangsBites.com, on September 19. Those comments contributed to a rocky relationship with management, which appeared to signal that she would be departing from the network.

Now, Beadle is reportedly going back to where she became a household name.

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She co-hosted SportsNation with Colin Cowherd and Winners Bracket with Marcellus Wiley during her first stint with ESPN.

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Deitsch wrote that Beadle could eventually host or co-host a New York-based show and could even make a return to SportsNation.

Beadle can reportedly leave NBC Sports in March.

Neither NBC Sports nor ESPN commented to Sports Illustrated on the issue.

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