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Suzy Kolber’s classy message after her ESPN layoff – TheFantasyTimes

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By Jitin Gambhir

Suzy Kolber’s classy message after her ESPN layoff



Suzy Kolbers classy message after her ESPN layoff TheFantasyTimes

Suzy Kolber, a prominent figure in the sports media industry for nearly four decades, recently experienced the unfortunate event of being laid off by ESPN. Despite this setback, those familiar with her work on the sidelines and as a show host for almost 30 years at “The Worldwide Leader” were not surprised to witness her graceful exit, accompanied by an optimistic outlook.

Last Friday, ESPN announced a series of layoffs that affected several well-known personalities, including Jeff Van Gundy, Jalen Rose, Todd McShay, Keyshawn Johnson, and others. Among those affected was Suzy Kolber, a longstanding host, producer, and sideline reporter. Even in the face of adversity, Kolber maintained her characteristic elegance and composure.

“Today, I find myself joining the ranks of hard-working colleagues who have been laid off,” Kolber shared on Twitter, making her one of the few former ESPN employees to personally disclose their layoff news. She continued, “It is heartbreaking, but I am grateful for the 27 years I spent at ESPN. I consider it a successful journey and a testament to the longevity I achieved as a woman in this industry. Now, I look forward to embarking on a project that allows me to give back.”

Kolber earned her degree from the University of Miami in 1986 and began her career in sports media by working behind the scenes at CBS Sports. She later transitioned into an on-camera reporter role for various local stations across the country.

In 1993, Kolber joined ESPN and took on numerous roles within the company throughout the years. She hosted, reported, and produced content for a wide range of sports, events, and shows. While she briefly departed for Fox Sports in 1996, she returned to ESPN in 1999. Her most recent endeavor involved hosting the Monday Night Football pregame show, Monday Night Countdown.

Regrettably, Kolber was involved in one of ESPN’s most notorious incidents in 2003. During an interview with New York Jets legend Joe Namath on the sidelines of a Monday Night Football game, Namath, under the influence of alcohol, expressed his desire to kiss Kolber on live television.




Suzy Kolbers classy message after her ESPN layoff TheFantasyTimes

Suzy Kolber has been part of the sports media landscape for nearly four decades but was part of the ESPN layoffs on Friday. For anyone who’s watched her work the sidelines or host shows for almost 30 years at “The Worldwide Leader,” it’s not a surprise her final sign-off was classy, and her step sounds super positive.

On Friday, ESPN layoffs hit multiple big-name, on-air personalities, such as Jeff Van Gundy, Jalen Rose, Todd McShay, Keyshawn Johnson, and more. Longtime host, producer, and sideline reporter Suzy Kolber was among those laid off. And even in a tough situation, Kolber kept it classy, as she always does.

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“Today I join the many hard-working colleagues who have been laid off.” Kolber wrote on Twitter, becoming one of the few now-former ESPN employees to break their own layoff news. “Heartbreaking-but 27 years at ESPN was a good run. So grateful for a 38 yr career! Longevity for a woman in this business is something I’m especially proud of. Next step- a project that gives back.”

Kolber graduated from the University of Miami in 1986 and started her sports media career working behind the scenes at CBS Sports before becoming an on-camera reporter for various local stations around the country.

In 1993, she joined ESPN and played many roles throughout the company over the years, hosting, reporting, and producing for a variety of sports, events, and shows. Kolber briefly left for Fox Sports in 1996 but returned in 1999. Her most recent gig was hosting the Monday Night Football pregame show, Monday Night Countdown.

Kolber was, unfortunately, involved in one of the most infamous incidents in ESPN history. In 2003, while interviewing New York Jets legend Joe Namath on the sideline of an MNF game, the former QB drunkenly told Kolber he wanted to kiss her on live TV.

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