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Looks like layoffs were just the beginning of ESPN's HR problems. It was expected that ESPN's popular sports duo Mike & Mike would end their run together by December of this year, but now reports are surfacing that indicate the show will probably end sooner than expected. In fact, ESPN insiders are reporting lots of tension on the set between hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic as of late, and it's said the two haven't even spoken to each other off air recently. So what is happening, and what does this mean for the future of Mike & Mike?
That's hard to say for viewers, as both Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic have kept all of their reported drama off of Mike & Mike. Sports Illustrated reports that the tension between the two Mikes off air is mostly in the form of the silent treatment, but that the "poisonous environment" has people within the show wondering if the two will split sooner rather than later. Tweets from Golic's younger son, Jake Golic, have alluded to the fact that everyone involved may be unhappy with ESPN's pause in making the official announcement that Greenberg would be exiting the show to host his own series until recently, despite the news reportedly being known within the company for the past year and a half. While Greenberg will be launching a new show for ESPN, Golic will continue to run their current show on ESPN Radio with his son Jake and ESPN's Trey Wingo under whatever new name Mike & Mike will take.
The anger between hosts in the Mike & Mike drama reportedly started with Mike Golic unhappy with Mike Greenberg ever since he was blindsided by the news Greenberg was looking for an out. Insiders state that some of this silence on both ends may stem from the fact that Greenberg never approached Golic to discuss his departure prior to the decision, and perhaps hasn't since. Before all of that, both Golic and Greenberg were set to bring their show to tie in Good Morning America and air out of New York in a very public announcement by ESPN in 2015. That deal fell through with no real reason given by ESPN as to why, but then reports surfaced in 2016 that Greenberg is trying to exit the show, and you might see how this whole thing has snowballed since then.
I guess until we hear otherwise, Mike & Mike airs beginning at 6 a.m. ET on ESPN 2. Whether the two will bury the hatchet and ride out their contract or ESPN will separate the two remains to be seen. While we wait for more details on that, be sure to check out some of the new shows in our guide that are debuting this week and keep tabs on your shows that are ending to see what their status is for next year.