Followers of FOX Sports activities’ Communicate for Your self have felt the sudden absence of Jason Whitlock, who’s been a staple a part of the present for years. His sometimes-controversial takes on present occasions, particularly his feedback on Colin Kapernick’s determination to kneel throughout the nationwide anthem, have brought on him to pattern greater than as soon as.
However why isn’t the discuss present host on Communicate for Your self anymore? What occurred to Jason?
Jason made the choice to depart ‘Communicate for Your self’.
In response to the New York Put up, Jason made the choice to depart the community after he and Fox Sports activities couldn’t come to an settlement about his contract. Apparently, the community provided him the identical charge he beforehand had, although Jason made the choice to not settle for the supply.
“They provided me a two-year extension to proceed internet hosting the present on the identical pay. Not a nasty supply contemplating the instances we stay in,” Jason informed Entrance Workplace Sports activities in his first interview since asserting his go away. Jason made the choice to depart FS1 at a time when the unemployment charge is above 13 p.c.
“Friday was Jason Whitlock’s final day with FOX Sports activities,” Fox stated in a press release, based on the outlet. “We thank Jason for all of his exhausting work and dedication to the community, and we want him the very best in his future endeavors.”
Presently, it seems the community is seeking to discover a new host to switch Jason, persevering with to air it in his absence.
What’s Jason doing subsequent?
Whereas Jason hasn’t introduced a transparent recreation plan but for his subsequent profession transfer post-FS1, it appears he’s going to attempt to pursue a direct-to-consumer route, much like these of Joe Rogan and Invoice Simmons.
“I consider in myself and I consider the alternatives in entrance of me are higher than staying at FS1. I had an amazing, rewarding expertise for the final 4 years internet hosting and creating the ‘SFY’ present that exists immediately,” Jason informed Entrance Workplace Sports activities. “… By nature, I’m a home-run hitter. It’s time to take one other swing for the fences.”
In response to the outlet, Jason additionally briefly talked with ESPN about returning to their community, as he beforehand labored with them earlier than coming to FOX. Sadly, he revealed the present COVID-19 pandemic derailed that potential shift, and he at present doesn’t have plans to return to ESPN.
Jason additionally went on to assert himself as engaging as George Clooney, saying that he felt he wasn’t getting as a lot assist at FOX as he wanted.
“If you end up as stunningly engaging as Denzel [Washington], [George] Clooney, and myself, you are usually needy. It’s the draw back of excellent appears,” he stated. “Extra severely, [the people who work on SFY] needed extra promotional and advertising and marketing assist. I feel the community prioritized getting eyeballs on ‘Undisputed’ and getting a return on the funding in Skip Bayless. You make a giant guess, you do no matter is critical to money that ticket.”
Jason says he plans to do one thing the place he he has management of his personal platform, although has but to disclose specifics.
“The folks making a serious impression within the media area the final decade have completed it independently,” he stated. “They’ve leveraged their viewers into platforms they management. That’s what I need to do. I’m late. However higher late than by no means.”