Taylor’s final assignment with the company came on Tuesday night as she hosted NBA Countdown for Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The versatile host already seems to have a plan in mind to continue her career with NBC, according to reports on Wednesday.
“So thankful to Jimmy and all of my great teammates and friends at the SEC Network, College GameDay, Women’s and Men’s college basketball, and the NBA Countdown family — the people who believed in me, encouraged me, pushed me, and lifted me up,” Taylor said, via ESPN Press Room. “Words are inadequate to express my boundless appreciation, and I hope to make them proud.”
Taylor, 34, has garnered ample support around the sports media world over the last few weeks and much of that carried over into Wednesday, when news of her departure from ESPN broke. Among those to congratulate the host on her expected new gig, in addition to leaving the Worldwide Leader, was Jemele Hill.
“Congrats Maria Taylor. See you on the other side,” Hill wrote with an accompanying clip from “The Shawshank Redemption.”
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) July 21, 2021
Hill also left ESPN a few years after multiple clashes with the company. Taylor joins her, Dan Le Batard and Kenny Mayne as high-profile names to leave the Worldwide Leader over the last few years.
All isn’t lost for Taylor, who figures to start her gig at NBC in the near future, according to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post. Her first role with her new company could come soon as a correspondent at the Tokyo Olympics.
Over the last few years, Taylor has become a staple on television with ESPN. She adeptly covered a variety of sports and had important roles on shows like College GameDay and NBA Countdown.
If a deal with NBC is coming down the line, Taylor will surely get opportunities to thrive in her new gig.