Nichols apologized in the air after the news, saying she was “deeply, deeply saddened that I am disappointed in those I have hurt, especially Maria Taylor.”
ESPN said on Wednesday that “after much discussion, no agreement could be reached on a contract extension.”
Taylor thanked ESPN for her time there.
“So grateful to Jimmy and all my great teammates and friends on the SEC Network, College GameDay, Women’s and Men’s college basketball, and the NBA Countdown family – the people who believed in me, encouraged me, pushed me, and lifted me up,” Said Taylor in a statement. “Words are insufficient to express my unlimited appreciation and I hope to make them proud.”
Jimmy Pitaro, president of ESPN and sports content, added that Taylor’s “remarkable success speaks directly to her abilities and work ethic.”
“There is no doubt that we will miss Maria, but we are determined to continue to build a deep and talented talent list that thoroughly reflects the athletes we cover and the fans we serve,” he said in a declaration. “While she chose to pursue a new opportunity, we are proud of the work we have done together.”