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Katie Nolan announced Wednesday that she no longer works for ESPN:
This year of slowing down has affected me on a cellular level. If you listen to the podcast this isn’t news to you. What’s next for me is to figure out how/where/when this new me can use the skills the old me acquired to make the stuff I think needs making. And maybe a vacation?
— Katie Nolan (@katienolan) September 29, 2021
Nolan’s future at ESPN had been in doubt lately. The network quietly canceled Nolan’s TV show, Always Late, last year. Before that, ESPN had moved the program from ESPN+ to ESPN2. Around the same time, Nolan bashed her employer for laying off her podcast producer and co-host, Ashley Braband.
“There was a lot to weigh with that,” Nolan said in response to ESPN cutting Braband in 2020. “It’s also very difficult for me to have just told a company I’m going to be here for a little bit, and then have this happen in a situation where normally I’d be like, ‘Well, then I go.’ But now, I can’t do that.”
Earlier this month, ESPN also canceled Highly Questionable, a show on which Nolan contributed.
Nolan never quite found her footing at ESPN. Her journey started off rough in 2017 when people inside and outside of ESPN questioned whether she was worth the million dollar-plus salary the network was paying her. Nevertheless, Nolan is unique and could find a landing spot elsewhere. I suspect she will have options in the digital space.