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Matt Calkins: Enjoy Kenny Mayne while you can, as he closes out his ESPN career

SEATTLE – There was only one worry Kenny Mayne had after opting to walk away from ESPN after 27 years.

It wasn’t the thought of being rudderless. It wasn’t anxiety over what he’d do next. It was that maybe, just maybe people wouldn’t care that he was gone.

“My only fear was, ‘What if I put out the statement on Twitter and like five people respond?’ You know, like nobody,” said the 61-year-old Mayne, the longtime SportsCenter anchor who was born in Kent, Washington, and has a house in nearby Kirkland. “But I was seriously overwhelmed by the response.”

An outpouring of admiration and acclaim followed Mayne’s announcement Monday, when he characterized his departure as a “salary cap casualty” (he told The Athletic he was asked to take a 61% pay cut). Some tweets nearly brought the famously stone-faced Mayne to tears. But come on – how else would people

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Kenny Mayne Left ESPN After Being Asked to Take 60% Pay Cut

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Joe Budden Ends Podcast After Firing Co-Hosts Rory and Mal Mid-Show

After six years of recording, the “Joe Budden Podcast” has come to a dramatic end. Host Budden fired his co-hosts, Rory Farrell and Jamil “Mal” Clay, while recording a podcast episode that was posted and then quickly deleted on May 12. Budden later reposted the episode on Patreon, asking fans to subscribe to see the video footage of the podcast recording. Budden, a retired rapper and former “Love and Hip Hop” star, is alone in the studio for the duration of the video. That’s because co-hosts Farrell and Clay (the podcast used to be called “The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory and Mal”) have been mostly absent from recording since March when they took a hiatus to try and sort out their differences with Budden. It seemed like the three were on the road to good terms

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Kenny Mayne Reveals Details From His ESPN Departure

Kenny Mayne on ESPN.

Kenny Mayne on ESPN.

On Monday, longtime ESPN anchor and host Kenny Mayne announced he was leaving the company after nearly three decades on the air.

In his announcement, Mayne referred to himself as a “salary cap casualty.” Now, we have an idea of just how much the veteran television personality was asked to give up.

Last night, Mayne spoke with Richard Deitsch of The Athletic about his decision to leave the Worldwide Leader and his future plans. During the conversation, Mayne revealed he was asked to take “a 14 percent reduction in time worked and a 61 percent reduction in money earned.”

In the end, that was too much for the former SportsCenter star to accept.

“I’m not asking anyone to feel sorry for me. It’s my choice to stay or not stay,” Mayne said. “It was still a good amount of money in the real world. I’m not

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Kenny Mayne has signed off on his final SportsCenter.

The longtime ESPN host is leaving the network after 27 years, he announcedTuesday via social media.

“I am leaving ESPN,” Mayne, who is known for his dry humor, tweeted. “Salary cap casualty.”

Mayne joined the network in 1994. On SportsCenter, he was in the mix with other hosts like Keith Olbermann and Stuart Scott, peppering sports footage with taglines like “It’s never iffy if it’s Griffey” and “I’m not sure what the pitch is, but it tastes like

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