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ESPN Announces Ryen Russillo Is Leaving The Company

Ryen Russillo is leaving ESPN.

Wednesday morning brought surprising news from ESPN as the company announced Ryen Russillo is leaving the company, and his final show will come on December 22.

It's unclear what exactly is leading to his departure, but on a podcast with Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated from back in February, Russillo said he became frustrated with the company earlier this year when ESPN chose a Stephen A. Smith-led show over one featuring Russillo.

Russillo himself addressed speculation earlier this year following the first round of layoffs the Worldwide Leader endured in April. ESPN released the following statement about the news:

While we extended an attractive offer for Ryen to continue with ESPN, he has decided to pursue other opportunities when his contract expires next year. His final show on ESPN will be Dec. 22, though he will host a weekly podcast through next summer. Ryen has been a signature voice for ESPN Audio for more than a decade, also contributing to other ESPN platforms with his work on the NBA, college football and more."

Here is the full release from ESPN.

Russillo holds down the 1-4 p.m. ET time slot on ESPN Radio so it will be interesting to see how the company replaces one of its most-prominent voices.

Meanwhile, all eyes will be on Russillo to find out where he's going next. Some believe his close relationship with Big Cat and PFT Commenter of Pardon My Take, could make him the next huge name to land at Barstool Sports.