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Longtime SportsCenter Host Announces She's Leaving ESPN

Paul Finebaum and Cari Champion chatting on SportsCenter coast to coast.

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ESPN is losing one of its main SportsCenter personalities. Cari Champion, who has been with the network since 2012, announced on Twitter that she's leaving the company after seven years.

Champion joined ESPN in 2012 to host First Take, moderating Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless. She would go on to do stories for E:60, and in 2015, landed an anchor role with SportsCenter. She also took over Michelle Beadle's host spot on SportsNation, before it was cancelled in 2018.

She has been paired with David Lloyd on the weekday "Coast to Coast" edition of the long-running highlight show, which airs at noon ET. This evening, she announced her departure from the company.

It is not yet clear what Champion's future plans are, or if she has a new role lined up.

The Big Lead has more details on how ESPN will account for her departure.

Lloyd will remain with the network, but it does not sound like he will be hosting SportsCenter Coast to Coast without Champion. Instead, that spot is going to Elle Duncan and Matt Barrie.

Sources say the new anchors for the noon edition of SportsCenter will be Matt Barrie and Elle Duncan. The duo has hosted ESPN's flagship news and highlight program together on weekends and they have strong chemistry. Separately, Barrie anchored ESPN's Saturday college football coverage this past season, and Duncan filled in with Mike Greenberg on Get Up during Laura Rutledge's maternity leave. She also appears regularly on Highly Questionable.

Shake-ups at ESPN are pretty common, but there wasn't any real warning for this departure. We'll have more on Cari Champion's move as it is reported.

[The Big Lead]