Longtime ESPN personality and “SportsCenter” host Kenny Mayne announced on Monday that he’s leaving the network after 27 years.
On the same day, ESPN announced that it’s extending the contract of network stalwart and “NFL Primetime” host Chris Berman. It’s not clear if the two transactions are related.
Mayne, 61, announced his departure on Twitter, describing himself as a “salary cap casualty” while thanking the executives who hired him.
Mayne didn’t expound on the reason for his departure, and ESPN didn’t immediately issue a statement. Given his trademark dry sense of humor, Mayne’s statement leaves room for interpretation over the nature of his exit.
Mayne leaves legacy of laughs at ESPN
Mayne joined ESPN in 1994 and quickly became a fixture alongside hosts like Dan Patrick and Keith Olberman who made made “SportsCenter” standard viewing for sports fans in the 1990s. He played several roles across ESPN and ESPN2