Erin Andrews is bouncing back to Fox Sports. After eight years working for ESPN, the 34-year-old journalist left the cable sports network to rejoin the sports division of the Fox Broadcasting Company, where she had worked between 2000 and 2004.
The former contestant of "Dancing with the Stars" will host Fox's new college football studio show, which is going to launch September 1. "To have the chance to not only host the primetime college football pregame show, but cover the NFL, MLB and various other incredible Fox Sports properties is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I couldn't be more excited to get to work," she said of her new gig.
In a separate statement, Fox Sports Media Group's COO Eric Shanks gushed, "Opportunities to add someone of Erin Andrews' caliber don't come along often and we're thrilled to welcome her back. In addition to having her anchor our new college football show and studio coverage, we expect her to be a big contributor to our MLB and NFL coverage as well as other major events."
When announcing Andrews' exit, ESPN's VP of Communications Josh Krulewitz wrote on Twitter on Friday, June 29, "She did great work for us and we made an aggressive offer to keep her. We wish her the best on her next chapter."
The blonde TV personality later tweeted on Sunday, "Going to miss my @ESPN family and the @collegegameday crew. Will always appreciate everything all of you did for me."
Before ESPN made official of Andrews' departure, it was reported that she had tested for a hosting role on "The X Factor (US)". However, the scoop was never confirmed.
Andrews was employed by Fox Sports Florida as a freelance reporter in 2000, before she covered the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Thrashers and Atlanta Hawks for the Turner South network as a studio host and reporter. She joined ESPN in 2004, serving as a reporter for ESPN National Hockey Night, a sideline reporter for ESPN College Football Saturday Primetime and Big Ten college basketball games among others.