Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Dan Le Batard Signs-Off At ESPN Radio

Miami-based ESPN personality Dan Le Batard ended his eight-year run on the network Monday, signing off for the last time on both ESPN Radio’s Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz and the televised Highly Questionable.

The Miami Herald reports he did so with a message spoken directly to longtime fans wondering what’s next for Le Batard and his show family, fighting back emotion the longer he talked.

“We could not be more grateful for your support,” he said on the ‘Big Suey’ segment that preceded the two-hour national radio show. “That gratitude is mountainous and real and forever. It’s the primary reason we’re leaving. You’ve given us the freedom to know we can. We know somehow you’ll follow us. We know the way you care about us — giving us permission to be different, demanding it of us, and then rewarding us for it.

“We approach this scary cliff together to take quite the leap of faith. Are you ready to jump with us?” he asked fans. “If you’ve been paying close attention, we’ve been ready to take this leap for awhile. We know the strength of the army that stands at attention at our back. I promise you, we’re gong to show you how much we don’t take that for granted. I can’t wait to take you on this fight, and this flight, with us.”

Le Batard and ESPN mutually agreed to part ways last month after eight years together. The network, under new leadership, moved to a more sports-only format at odds with Le Batard’s bent toward pop culture, nonsense and, sometimes, political talk.

The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz and the familiar ‘Shipping Container’ will continue — beginning Tuesday, the show hoped, if logistics could be worked out — as an independent enterprise available digitally via the show’s podcast as part of the Le Batard And Friends network.

The show is in talks to find a permanent major hosting platform to replace ESPN but it is believed no announcement is imminent.

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