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Bob Ley Releases Statement On Future With ESPN

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05: A view of the logo during ESPN The Party on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for ESPN)

In August 2018, longtime ESPN host Bob Ley announced his decision to take a six-month leave of absence. Ley's hiatus kicked off on October 1, but not long after, Ley announced his decision to extend his absence.

Ley revealed in May that he'd be extended his hiatus from the airwaves of ESPN.

Just over a month later, Ley took to Twitter with another update: he's leaving the Worldwide Leader.

Ley revealed he's retiring from ESPN after a 40-year run with the company.

"Across 40 years I have enjoyed a professional journey unimaginable when I joined ESPN on its first weekend of existence in 1979. Each day since has been a unique adventure, one I embraced for the challenge and unequaled fun of a job like no other," Ley said in his statement.

"Now it is tome for a change. I will be retiring from ESP as of the end of the month."

The legendary ESPN anchor made sure to note the decision to walk away was solely his own.

Ley has been with the network since its inception 40 years ago. He's a stalwart on the Worldwide Leader, but it appears he's ready for life after ESPN.

It's been an incredible run and we'll miss Ley on the air.