Fired ESPN star Colin Cowherd is taking his talents to Fox Sports. The tie-up had been rumored, if not assumed, since the radio and TV personality split with the Worldwide Leader last month.
Cowherd’s popular radio show The Herd will move to the Fox Sports Radio and Premiere Networks starting September 8. He’ll take the noon-3 PM ET slot, immediately following The Dan Patrick Show, the host of which had a very public feud with Cowherd earlier this year. Fox Sports also said today that Cowherd will become a “key member” of the cast for Fox NFL Kickoff, which is moving from sister Fox Sports 1 to Fox in the 11 AM ET slot, just ahead of the flagship Fox NFL Sunday show. Fox Sports said the full roster of Fox NFL Kickoff will be announced soon.
“It’s hard to put into words how much fun it is for me, as a broadcaster, to build something with really smart, talented people,” Cowherd said in a statement. “I can’t wait for this next chapter in my career to start. Fox Sports is the perfect spot for me at this time in my life.”
Cowherd and ESPN parted most unamicably last month after the sports giant said it would not renew his contract. There was no timeline set for his exit, but ESPN basically fired him eight days later after Cowherd’s controversial on-air comments about Dominicans and baseball. He was the third high-profile star to leave ESPN in two months. The company announced July 8 that it won’t renew the contract of Keith Olbermann, who hosts an eponymous nightly show on ESPN2, and said in May that it had parted ways with Bill Simmons, who founded the Grantland site and was a popular fixture on TV and online.