ESPN Host Leaves Network Weeks After ‘Diversity’ Feud With Colleague Rachel Nichols

ESPN Host Leaves Network Weeks After ‘Diversity’ Feud With Colleague Rachel Nichols


As soon as her hosting duties were fulfilled for the NBA Finals on ESPN, reporter Maria Taylor said goodbye to the four-letter network. 

On Wednesday, ESPN announced that the two sides were unable to come to an agreement on a contract extension, officially putting an end to the speculation on Taylor’s future at the “worldwide leader in sports.” 

“Maria’s remarkable success speaks directly to her abilities and work ethic,” Chairman of ESPN and Sports Content Jimmy Pitaro said.  “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.”

ESPN & @MariaTaylor jointly announced today that after much discussion, an agreement on a contract extension could not be reached

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As a result, her last assignment for ESPN was last night’s NBA Finals telecast

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