Michelle Beadle to Host ESPN NBA Pregame and Halftime Shows

Ellen Mills
April 8, 2017

Longstanding commentator Sage Steele is being replaced with Michelle Beadle as full-time host on NBA Countdown on ABC and ESPN.

Twitter seemed joyous about her departure from the show. In January, the broadcaster fell under heavy criticism when she complained on Instagram about being inconvenienced during protests against the Trump administration's initial travel ban.

In a post-game interview with Arcade Fire singer Win Butler-who had just been named MVP of the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game-Steele cut off Butler's attempts to talk about the USA election, saying "We're talking about celebrity stuff, not politics".

Michelle Beadle's role at ESPN has just increased.

ESPN has announced that Sage Steele will no longer serve as the host of NBA Countdown on ABC and ESPN as we approach the NBA Playoffs, and twitter is rejoicing.

There are speculations that the probable reason ESPN fired Steele was the social media controversies she got stirred in last year and earlier this year.

Beadle will also host the studio coverage for the NBA Playoffs.

Viewers called for a boycott of "NBA Countdown" in protest of Steele's behavior.

"Like a great point guard, she makes everyone around her better and we're looking forward to this next chapter in Michelle's career as she leads us forward on 'NBA Countdown, '" ESPN executive Kevin Wildes said in a press release that makes no mention of Steele. "It's the best job in sports", Beadle said in a statement.

Skipper's comment ran counter to the narrative that subsequently sprouted on social media that falsely reported that Steele was sacked from the network. She even tweeted Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wide Receiver Mike Evans.

In late February, Steele - who describes herself as biracial - suggested during a conference in Florida that most of the racially charged comments that she's received presumably on social media came from black people.

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