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ESPN Personality Announces She's Leaving The Network

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A major ESPN personality has announced that she's leaving the network.

Kate Fagan, who's often been seen on Outside The Lines and Around The Horn, has revealed that she'll be leaving the Worldwide Leader.

The Washington Post broke the news of Fagan's departure.

She explained her decision to leave in an interview with The Post:

Kate Fagan, a writer and host at ESPN, is leaving the network at the end of the year, she said in an interview. Fagan — who has written magazine cover stories, appeared on “First Take” and “Around the Horn,” and most recently served as a fill-in host on “Outside the Lines” — said she was offered a contract extension, but declined it.

“To continue at ESPN I would have to be immersed in the day-to-day in sports,” Fagan said. “And I found myself more and more interested in other aspects of sports — like how it connects to our culture. That was not going to be the big business of ESPN.”

Fagan already has some plans on what she wants to pursue next:

Among the new projects Fagan is pursuing: Developing a show with the production company Embassy Row, and working on a script for a TV series based on the story of a Russian women’s basketball team run by a former KGB agent.

In a statement, Allison Overholt, editor in chief of ESPN the Magazine, said, “Kate is a true talent. It’s been a real pleasure seeing her develop her voice at ESPN over the years, on issues across sports and beyond. We wish her all the best on her next chapter.”

You can read Fagan's full interview here.