Dan Le Batard is not going anywhere, even though Monday was the last time he could be heard on ESPN.
An eight-year tenure with ESPN ended on Monday, Jan.4 for Le Batard after he and the company agreed last month to go their separate ways. The latest ESPN edition of the “Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz” aired Monday morning for two hours, and the last “Highly Questionable” TV episode of The Batard was also scheduled for Monday.
“We could not be more grateful for your support,” Le Batard said on Monday, according to the Miami Herald. “This gratitude is mountainous and real and everlasting. This is the main reason we are leaving. You gave us the freedom to know that we can. We somehow know that you will follow us. We know how much you care about us – give us permission to be different, demand it of us, and then reward us for it. “
The Batard’s next destination is at this point unknown, with the hope that his radio show can continue as early as Tuesday via the show’s podcast as part of the Le Batard and his friends network.
The show’s producer, Mike Ryan, cautioned audiences to be patient with any “latency” issues that may arise during the transition away from ESPN. According to the Miami Herald, the show is in talks to find a permanent hosting platform.
There had been tensions between Le Batard and ESPN for a long time, in part because of Le Batard’s willingness to discuss issues outside of sports on his show. In November, Le Batard felt disrespectful when its longtime producer Chris Cote was fired. The bastard brought Cote and paid for it out of his own pocket.
On Monday, Le Batard said of ESPN: “They slowly wiped us out.”
The programming of Le Batard on ESPN was however a big success. That’s part of why he feels so confident that whatever his next step is, it will work.
“We approach this terrifying cliff together to take the leap of faith. Are you ready to jump with us? Le Batard said Monday. “If you’re paying close attention, we’ve been ready to take that leap for a while. We know the strength of the army standing at attention behind our backs. I promise you, we’ll show you how much we don’t take this for granted. I can’t wait to take you on this fight and flight with us.
The Batard’s Monday show itself began and ended in a memorable way. The opening included a 12-minute intro for the “Stat of the Day” segment, while it ended with co-host Greg Cote stuck on the hard network, a staple of the show.
According to the Miami Herald, Cote was set to reveal where The Batard show might land next, so the news could arrive soon.