What is Dan Le Batard's net worth? Here's why host left ESPN after claiming network 'blindsided' him
But the breakup of ESPN and Le Batard was predicted earlier after the network let go of one of his producers on the show
Dan Le Batard, the popular ESPN host is leaving the network in January ‘to pursue a new opportunity’ after a report claimed that the network ‘blindsided’ him. The radio and TV host of shows “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz” and “Highly Questionable” will have his final episode on ESPN on January 4, as announced on Thursday, December 4.
In an official press release, ESPN claimed to have a mutual agreement with Le Batard about the decision. Le Batard said in an official statement, “Gracias to ESPN for unleashing Papi and Stugotz upon an unsuspecting America, and for lending its substantive credibility to our careening clown car. Can’t believe Stugotz finally achieved his dream of becoming a high-priced free agent.” He further added, “In short, thank you, Disney and ESPN, for a quarter-century of absurd blessings. To our loyal army of concerned fans, and to everyone who walked along and played an instrument in our Marching Band to Nowhere, know that it is a very exciting time for us, not a sad one. And that you’ll be hearing our laughter again soon enough.”
ESPN executive vice president and executive editor, Norby Williamson said, “It was mutually agreed that it was best for both sides to move on to new opportunities and we worked together closely to make that possible.”
But the breakup of ESPN and Le Batard was predicted earlier as it was apparent that the former Miami Herald columnist felt ‘blindsided’ by a move of ESPN where the network removed one of the producers of the show ‘The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz’ in a mass layoff. Reportedly, Le Batard called it the “greatest disrespect of my professional career.” Amid other accusations of the network moving the show to a less desirable time and more, producer Chris Cote’s layoff wounded him, the host said. The multi-millionaire TV show host who earns around $3.5 million (reported by New York Post and Miami Herald) from the show in a year, claimed to rehire the producer as his personal assistant and giving him a raise from his salary.
Le Batard who works as a TV show host, Radio host and more is reportedly worth more than $10 million. He started working with Miami Herald in 1990 and wrote for the publication for more than 25 years. He launched ‘The Dan Le Batard with Stugotz’ in 2004 which aired on local radio before getting picked up by ESPN Radio in 2013. In 2015, the show started being televised on Fusion TV before making its final place in ESPNU.
The final episode of ‘The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz’ will be on January 4 and Le Batard will host his last episode of TV show ‘Highly Questionable’ on the same day. ‘Highly Questionable’ will continue without Le Batard, as stated by ESPN.