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Eight days after news of the affair between GMA3 hosts Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes broke, Robach gave (UK's) DailyMail.com an update on their relationship: 'It's kind of over now.' The duo have been 'indefinitely' suspended from the show. Gio Benitez and Stephanie Ramos have anchored the show since Monday...


Jim Stewart, co-founder of Stax Records in Memphis, dies at age 92. During an era of racial strife, white musicians and producers worked alongside Black singers, songwriters and instrumentalists to create the “Memphis sound” embodied by Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. and the M.G.s, Carla and Rufus Thomas, The Staple Singers, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, The Bar-Kays and many others...


They're on STRIKE for at least one day! The New York Times Guild, the union that represents more than 1,000 members at The New York Times is asking readers to not engage in any of the paper's online platforms and stand with them on the digital picket line on Thursday, December 8, 2022. The union and newspaper management were not able to reach agreement on a new contract after 20 months of negotiations...


Bomani Jones who appeared on the 'CNN This Morning' show this week now says, "Nothing I’ve said has spread like my Deion Sanders comments on CNN." He adds, “The only thing in my career that I can think of that has gone as viral as this Deion thing has, is the Donald Sterling thing in 2014.” "Coach Prime" Deion Sanders has announced he is leaving Jackson State for Colorado. He will coach JSU in the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta on December 17, 2022 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.>Read more...


Charlamagne Tha God and DJ Envy announce The Breakfast Club will add rotating guest hosts until a permanent one is named to replace Angela Yee. >Read more...


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July 21, 2021

Maria Taylor and ESPN Are No More, She is Expected to Join NBC Sports Olympic Coverage

ESPN and Maria Taylor jointly announced today that after much discussion, an agreement on a contract extension could not be reached. As a result, Maria’s last assignment for ESPN was last night’s NBA Finals telecast. Comments from Jimmy Pitaro and Maria Taylor:


Comment from 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.”


Comment from 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.”






Maria Taylor is expected to sign a contract with NBC Sports very soon and to be a part of NBC Olympic coverage which officially starts on Friday. Reports also say she would be in the mix to host and report during NBC's “Football Night in America" broadcast and Notre Dame football.

Taylor's departure from ESPN does not come without some controversy. Maria was the subject of  a controversial leaked audio from ESPN host Rachel Nichols on diversity in the workplace in which she stated that Taylor didn't deserve the lead host position on the network's NBA Countdown show this season. Nichols believed she should have been named host and Taylor was a diversity hire. The leaked audio occurred during the NBA bubble season in Orlando last year and reported in the New York Times in early July of this year.

Taylor addressed the controversy at the time on social media.



During the 2020-21 season Nichols was a sideline reporter and hosted the NBA news and interview program "The Jump" on ESPN, but after the leaked audio surfaced, she was booted from the sidelines during the NBA Finals in favor of Malika Andrews





Coming to Rachel Nichol's defense earlier this month was former NBA player Stephen Jackson. Many remember him as a friend of George Floyd and many were not feeling what he had to say.


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