Cari Champion is leaving ESPN.
The longtime network host announced the news on Twitter Thursday with no explanation as to why or what her plans are moving forward.
After consulting with mentors, family and friends, I have come to the decision that it’s time to leave ESPN. Over the past 7 years, I’ve grown from hosting First Take to having my own show on SportsCenter, and experiencing so much more in between.
— Cari Champion (@CariChampion) January 9, 2020
From ‘First Take’ to ‘SportsCenter’
Champion joined ESPN in 2012 as the host of argument show “First Take,” where she moderated Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless. She moved on to replace Michelle Beadle on the now-canceled “SportsNation.”
She has hosted the network’s flagship highlight show “SportsCenter” since 2015, most recently working on the noon ET broadcast alongside David Lloyd.
The Big Lead reports that hosts Matt Barrie and Elle Duncan will take over the noon ET time slot and that Lloyd will remain with the network.
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