Maria Taylor and ESPN Chairman Jimmy Pitaro have shared comments on Taylor’s sudden exit from the network.

What’s Happening: 

  • Longtime ESPN reporter, commentator, and analyst, Maria Taylor has decided to leave the network after a new contract extension could not be reached.
  • ESPN is reporting that her final assignment for the network was last night’s NBA Finals telecast.
  • Following the news, both Taylor and ESPN Chairman, Jimmy Pitaro offered comments on the decision.
  • Pitaro praised her network contributions and stated that she’ll be missed, while Taylor thanked the network for providing her with so many great experiences.
  • Her exit comes just weeks after a year old tape leaked of colleague Rachel Nichols claiming that Taylor was asked to host the 2020 NBA finals in an attempt to address ESPN’s “crappy longtime record on diversity.
  • While nothing is confirmed at that time, it's believed that Taylor will take a position at NBC, possibly even covering the Olympics.

What They’re Saying:

  • Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, ESPN and Sports Content: “Maria’s remarkable success speaks directly to her abilities and work ethic. There is no doubt we will miss Maria, but we remain determined to continue to build a deep and skilled talent roster that thoroughly reflects the athletes we cover and the fans we serve. While she chose to pursue a new opportunity, we are proud of the work we’ve done together.”
  • Maria Taylor: “So thankful to Jimmy and all of my great teammates and friends at the SEC Network, College GameDay, Women’s and Men’s college basketball, and the NBA Countdown family — the people who believed in me, encouraged me, pushed me, and lifted me up. Words are inadequate to express my boundless appreciation, and I hope to make them proud.”