ESPN parts ways with longtime on-air personality, SportsCenter anchor
It is the end of an era at ESPN.
On Monday, a longtime SportsCenter anchor and on-air personality announced he was leaving ESPN.
As you can see below, popular reporter Kenny Mayne took to Twitter to say he was a salary cap casualty as the network continues to try to cut costs:
I am leaving ESPN.
Salary cap casualty.
Thanks for the opportunity Vince Doria & Al Jaffe & for taking my solicitations
I will miss the people.
I will miss the vending machine set up over by the old Van Pelt joint.
We had everything.
— Kenny Mayne (@Kenny_Mayne) May 10, 2021
Mayne has been at the Worldwide Leader since 1994, hosting a variety of shows on the ESPN family of networks. His quirky personality and sense of humor made him one of the more popular personalities at the network.
As you can see below, many media personalities shared their praise for Mayne on Twitter after the news broke:
We overuse the phrase “unique talent.” It actually applies to Kenny. Kind. Thoughtful. Absolutely Hilarious. He left his mark on everything he touched. Great dude. Appreciate the friendship. RPM2Night alums forever. Bring him Big tray of the finest meats & cheeses! https://t.co/fN2vwajfnS
— Rece Davis (@ReceDavis) May 10, 2021
Kenny Mayne broke his ankle in a UNLV game against Oregon in 1980. It never fully recovered. When he tried out for the Seahawks, he failed his physical because of it.
His journalism career started in Seattle where his first job was monitoring the police scanner. pic.twitter.com/YCrU6roN0a
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) May 10, 2021
One of the best to ever do it. Hilarious and always kind
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) May 10, 2021
Wow. Kenny is the best – a tremendous person and teammate and as uniquely talented a broadcaster as I have ever been around. Truly one of a kind. Will miss him inside my television, and looking forward to seeing where he lands next. https://t.co/3zxJUfTZhf
— Dave Revsine (@BTNDaveRevsine) May 10, 2021
— Kavitha A. Davidson (@kavithadavidson) May 10, 2021
Yes I understand
That every life must end,
As we sit alone
I know someday we must go.
Oh, I'm a lucky man
To count on both hands
The ones I love.
Some folks just have one
Yeah, others they got none
Stay with me
Let's just breathe. https://t.co/R7FqoxgKpJ
— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) May 10, 2021
TV legend but an even better man. Some of the convos we had about sports/life will forever live with me. A brother for life https://t.co/eE9bDwyuID
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) May 10, 2021
We’ll see what’s next for Mayne, but it seems his time at ESPN is over.