Erin Andrews knows the media business can be fluid, but she broke down in tears when her NFL broadcast partners Joe Buck and Troy Aikman left Fox for ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
Speaking of her iHeart Radio podcastOn “Calm Down With Erin and Charissa,” which she co-hosts with Charissa Thompson, Andrews said she didn’t expect the rapid changes and cried when she first heard the news of Buck and Aikman’s departure.
“It all happened quickly,” Andrews said. “I didn’t expect it. I’ll be honest, I don’t think many people have. I’m known for being a tough cookie. I can handle a lot of things, I’ve had a lot of things to deal with, but when I had to talk to these two guys separately, when they were both officially gone, oh god, I cried.
“I don’t think they expected that from me. I’m about to cry… I told both of them that I came to Fox to work with them. I just thought it would be so cool to make games with them. she [Charissa] I said it perfectly, sometimes I know these people better than my husband does.”
Andrews added that she and her now-former colleagues have spent countless vacations together, not to mention the deeply personal conversations they’ve had over the years.
“I’m with them every Thanksgiving. I’ve been with them for two Christmases,” Andrews said. “They listened to my fertility issues, they knew about my cancer issues. I have listened to them [talk about] their daughters or their babies and things like that. It’s just crazy, they literally become your family, and sometimes they’re closer to you than your actual blood family or your husband or something.”
Nonetheless, Andrews said she understands Buck and Aikman’s decisions to switch networks and is excited about their opportunities at ESPN.
“I don’t blame anyone for leaving, look, I left ESPN after being there for eight years and came to Fox,” she said. “Like I said at the Pat Summerall Awards [dinner], that was one of the best career steps I’ve ever taken. A lot had to do with it, yes my crew, but my relationship with those two. They became my brothers and they became mine [real] best friends so i’m sad but i’m so happy for them.”
The Post’s Andrew Marchand reported earlier this month that Andrews’ contract with Fox is also expiring. He wrote that Fox would like to keep her, but that an ESPN return is not entirely out of the question.
On her podcast, Andrews expressed her confidence in Fox to figure out their best NFL announcement stand.
“With the change that’s happening at Fox, I have confidence in our network… I know that they’ve obviously been an amazing network for so long. It’s just my problem (laughs), I’m the one who has to let go,” she said.
Aikman has signed a five-year, $90 million deal with ESPN, according to sources, while Buck has signed a five-year, $75 million deal.
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