Charissa Thompson will not be heading back to ESPN.
A few weeks back, it was reported by a number of outlets that FOX Sports on-air personality Charissa Thompson, who once worked at ESPN as part of the SportsNation crew, could be headed back to the Worldwide Leader to become Mike Greenberg’s new on-air partner for his new show debuting in January. Well, it didn’t happen.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch reported Wednesday night that Thompson will be staying at FOX Sports.
But according to multiple sources, Thompson has decided to stay with Fox Sports, which she first joined in 2006. Most sports viewers are likely unaware Thompson started at Fox Sports in the company’s human resources department in 2006. She has consistently said in previous interviews with SI that she feels a certain loyalty to the company given they first gave her an on-air chance.
Thompson appears to have addressed the situation on Instagram – noting that in four weeks, she’ll be back hosting FOX NFL Kickoff.
Thompson’s decision likely means that ESPN is still looking for Greenberg’s next partner. It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out.