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With host changes, ESPN has unofficially cancelled 'Get Up'

Alex Reimer
August 27, 2018 - 1:25 pm

ESPN will still air its expensive and disastrous morning show, “Get Up,” throughout the fall. But the show will only be sticking around in name only. For all intents and purposes, it’s already been cancelled.

When “Get Up” launched in April, it was billed as a three-hour variety morning sports show anchored by the $14.5 million trio of Mike Greenberg, Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose. Ratings tanked from the start, and this summer, the WorldWide Leader has featured a variety of guest hosts –– such as Ryen Russillo, Laura Rutledge, Maria Taylor and Mina Kimes –– in an apparent effort to mix up the cast. 

Despite these efforts, the show has failed to generate any buzz during its five-month run. That is, until Beadle declared last week she’s no longer watching any football, due to the Urban Meyer scandal and apparent apathy about domestic violence in the NFL and big-time college football. One day later, it was announced Beadle is leaving the program to work exclusively on NBA coverage. In Beadle’s place, ESPN will rotate Taylor, Rutledge, Dianna Russini and Jen Lada.

Days before Beadle’s anti-football stand, ESPN announced it was adding 11 football analysts to the show’s cast this fall. Each day, at least one college football or NFL analyst will join Greenberg and Rose at the desk. In theory, those analysts will be asked football questions throughout the show’s new two-hour window.

That’s right: this fall, expect there to be lots of segments based around Greenberg interviewing Louis Riddick for his game breakdowns or Adam Schefter for the latest NFL rumors. That sounds a lot like any standard edition of “SportsCenter,” and not whatever “Get Up” was supposed to be when it was conceived.

New ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro appears insistent on erasing his predecessor John Skipper’s missteps. Earlier this year, the network replaced “SC6” with regular “SportsCenter” during the 6:00 p.m. hour, and has seen ratings tick upwards. (Over the weekend, it was reported that Jemele Hill’s inevitable departure from ESPN would happen Friday.)

Pitaro is seemingly hoping for a similar situation during his morning block. “Get Up” is all but gone.