Michelle Beadle Leaving ESPN: Who Will Replace Her?

By Bryan Lutz

As Riley Schmitt just broke, Michelle Beadle will be leaving ESPN for NBC Sports. This will be a huge blow to ESPN – most notably SportsNation – because Michelle Beadle is a girl we all wanted to be with. She was smart, sexy, sassy, and gave us a girl next door personality, with good looks to boot. SportsNation is probably toast, or at least the SportsNation we are used to seeing, considering Colin Cowherd is probably donezo as well. But SportsNation wasn’t the only thing Michelle Beadle contributed to the network, she was also the it girl for the ESPY’s and whatever that countdown show was that aired on ABC on some Saturdays.

Needless to say, ESPN will need a new “it” girl. Michelle Beadle kind of replaced Erin Andrews in regards of being “it”, so it’s not like the company can groom another one. The “it” girl has to have a similar package to Michelle Beadle. She must be smoking hot, she must be able to banter, she must have a sense of humor, and most importantly she has to be diverse when it comes to a majority of sports topics. Michelle Beadle actually looked smart when she was talking about sports, which is pretty hard to do for a lot of females in the sports industry. This is why I don’t think Michelle Beadle will have any problems working on shows like Today or Access Hollywood. She’s a natural in the business.

So without further ado, I bring to you ESPN’s new “it” girl, Charissa Thompson. 

It’s been obvious that ESPN expected Michelle Beadle to walk after her contract expired, because Charissa Thompson has been all over ESPN shows like First Take, Numbers Never Lie, and SportsNation.

What say you? Do you think Charissa Thompson will become ESPN’s go to gal? Is there anyone else you feel is a better choice? Will you miss Michelle Beadle? Go ahead and leave a comment.

Bryan is a featured writer for Rant Sports. Although he concentrates mostly on the game of baseball, you can find him covering things all over the Rant Sports Network

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