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A Prominent ESPN Host Is Taking A 6-Month Leave Of Absence

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Longtime ESPN host Bob Ley announced this morning he is taking a six-month leave of absence. Ley's hiatus will begin on October 1.

Ley has been with the company since its beginning in 1979. He has hosted the acclaimed Outside the Linessince its creation in 1990.

"Beginning Oct. 1 I'll be taking a six-month sabbatical from my

Beginning Oct. 1 I'll be taking a six-month sabbatical from my @OTLonESPN duties. The idea of stepping back to re-charge is fully 100% mine, and one I've been considering for a while. I truly appreciate the company's understanding and cooperation. -30

— Bob Ley (@BobLeyESPN) August 15, 2018

" data-mentioned-user-id="215423552" data-scribe="element:mention">@OTLonESPN duties," Ley tweeted this morning. "The idea of stepping back to re-charge is fully 100% mine, and one I've been considering for a while. I truly appreciate the company's understanding and cooperation."

With Ley stepping away, OTL w ill be led by Jeremy Schaap, Kate Fagan and Ryan Smith, ESPN confirmed.

"We completely support Bob’s decision and look forward to his return April 1," ESPN PR said this morning in a statement.

The 63-year-old Ley is well-respected at ESPN and has established himself as a mainstay in Bristol.

It will certainly be weird to see OTL without him on it.