Kenny Mayne signs off from ESPN with fittingly witty, fun final ‘SportsCenter’

Kenny Mayne participated in his final show for ESPN on Monday night.

The long-time ESPN host, who had been with the company for 27 years since a legendary letter led ESPN executives to hire him in 1994, went out in style with a fittingly fun “SportsCenter” sign-off that featured a lot of entertaining guests.

Aaron Rodgers, Marshawn Lynch, Sue Bird and Jamal Crawford were some of the notable guests to join Mayne, and he certainly had fun with them. Each interview had fun soundbites but also saw poignant moments from the athletes being interviewed.

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In addition to discussing his relationship with the Packers, Rodgers talked about being a fan of Mayne — before Mayne blasted Rodgers for getting him into the cryptocurrency market.

As great as the ending of the Rodgers interview was, Mayne getting Lynch to discuss what he would

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Kenny Mayne was content with his final “SportsCenter” broadcast Monday night. (AP Images for Verizon – go90)

During Kenny Mayne’s final “SportsCenter,” he was asked to do something that he wasn’t known for: have a serious conversation.

“I used to joke, I’m a journal-tainer. I guess the best way to put it is, I always said, ‘I take serious things seriously and less serious things less seriously,’” Mayne told the Los Angeles Times after he closed out his run anchoring ESPN’s signature show Monday night.

“Sometimes you just have to call a highlight. Sometimes you’re reading about a guy charged with a crime. It’s not impossible to be able to wear both hats.”

And on Monday, it called for pressing Aaron Rodgers for details about his desire to be traded.

The full-circle moment for Mayne was recognizing the opportunities he received along the way while acknowledging there were times that

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Kenny Mayne on ESPN.

Kenny Mayne on ESPN.

After almost three decades at ESPN, Kenny Mayne is going out with a bang. The longtime host and SportsCenter anchor will sign off the air next week.

On Tuesday, Mayne announced the official guest list for his final SportsCenter, and it is a loaded one. Former Super Bowl champion running back Marshawn Lynch will be dropping by, along with three-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, four-time WNBA champion and Olympic gold medalist Sue Bird and NBA sixth-man extraordinaire Jamal Crawford.

“Viewer discretion is advised,” Mayne said for the episode, which will air at 11 a.m. ET on May 24.

Last week, Mayne announced he was leaving ESPN after working at the company since 1994. The reason for the departure was financially-related, he revealed.

“I’m not asking anyone to feel sorry for me. It’s my choice to stay or not stay,” Mayne told The Athletic’s

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ESPN’s Kenny Mayne stunned by reaction to his departure

ESPN anchor Kenny Mayne, who announced last week that he will be leaving SportsCenter later this month, will participate in a Rebel Caravan event called “Quarterback Corner” at noon Thursday, the school announced Monday

Mayne, a former backup quarterback at UNLV, will join Rebels football coach Marcus Arroyo and athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois along with other former UNLV quarterbacks Steve Stallworth and Jason Thomas to talk about playing the position.

Those interested in watching can register at

Earlier Monday, Mayne wrote for the Los Angeles Times that he was blown away by the reaction after

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