Dan Le Batard is leaving ESPN Radio


One of the most popular figures at ESPN Radio is leaving the network's airwaves in early 2021.

Dan Le Betard announced Thursday that he's leaving ESPN Radio.

"Gracias to ESPN for unleashing Papi and Stugotz upon and unsuspecting America, and for lending its substantive credibility to our careening clown car," Le Betard said. "Can't believe Stugotz finally achieved his dream of becoming a high-price free agent. I'm forever indebted to Erik Rydholm, Matt Kelliher and their vibrant team for providing a creative oasis across a decade, and for expanding the Le Betard family to include so many brilliant colleagues who have become forever friends, bonded eternally together by laughter and love. Want to also extend my gratitude to Chuck Salituro, Jimmy Pitaro, Traug Keller, Marcia Keegan, Connor Schell, Juan Diaz, Mike Foss, Amanda Gifford, Liam Chapman, Megan Judge, Elizabeth Fierman, the Hialeah-soaked crew at Imagina...and when did this become a droning acceptance speech instead of a quick goodbye? In short, thank you Disney and ESPN, for a quarter century of absurd blessings. To our loyal and concerned fans, and to everyone who walked along and played an instrument in our marching band to nowhere, know that it is a very exciting time for us, not a sad one. And you'll be hearing our laughter again soon enough."

Perhaps Le Betard, 51, has extreme confidence in his value on the open market, which frankly, he probably should. Still his announcement leads you to believe that he has something in mind already as far as where his radio work will move to.

Mike Greenberg's radio program will move into ESPN's 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET to replace Le Betard's national radio show, per Barrett Sports Media.

While Le Betard's radio program will be coming to a conclusion early in 2021, it seems that for the time being, his ESPN television show, "Highly Questionable," will continue. It's not clear if he'll continue to host it when he leaves his radio show. "Highly Questionable" has aired on ESPN since September of 2011.

The response of Katie Nolan, who frequently appears on the show, would suggest Le Betard is outright leaving the network in the near future, not just his radio show:

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