In per week the place ESPN noticed its president step down, the community is continuous to lose expertise.
ESPN Radio host Ryen Russillo revealed he will probably be leaving the worldwide chief in sports activities this week.
Russillo made the announcement via an announcement Wednesday morning.
“This was a extremely powerful resolution. ESPN Radio means so much to me. Although I will not be sitting in a studio day-after-day like I’ve for the final eight plus years, I am trying ahead to engaged on a podcast and nonetheless offering content material for the corporate,” Russillo mentioned.
The host is predicted to additional touch upon the information when his radio present kicks off at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Traug Keller, senior vp who leads ESPN Audio, additionally launched an announcement about Russillo’s upcoming departure, saying the corporate tried to maintain him.
“Whereas we prolonged a gorgeous provide for Ryen to proceed with ESPN, he has determined to pursue different alternatives when his contract expires subsequent 12 months. His ultimate present on ESPN Radio will probably be Dec. 22, although he’ll host a weekly podcast via subsequent summer time,” Keller mentioned. “Ryen has been a signature voice for ESPN Audio for greater than a decade, additionally contributing to different ESPN platforms along with his work on the NBA, school soccer and extra. I respect his resolution and we want him continued success.”
Following the announcement, Scott Van Pelt, his former radio co-host, tweeted out assist for Russillo going ahead.
Russillo has had an eventful 12 months at ESPN, after beforehand being suspended earlier this 12 months when he was arrested in late August.
Police discovered Russillo “extremely intoxicated” and bare in a condominium. He allegedly entered a lodge room that wasn’t his and did not go away.
He later apologized for his actions as soon as he returned to his present following his suspension.
What’s subsequent for Russillo stays unclear, however a doable touchdown spot for the host might be at Barstool Sports activities. Russillo is shut with the “Pardon My Take” crew and Barstool has been busy signing expertise as of late like ex-Colts punter Pat McAfee, Michael Rapaport, and the positioning is concerned with bringing in ex-WFAN host Craig Carton.
ESPN retains making headlines for the mistaken causes in latest weeks.
The corporate not solely went via one other spherical of layoffs, however former president John Skipper introduced Monday he was stepping right down to battle substance abuse points.