ESPN signs Tony Kornheiser, Michael Wilbon to ‘PTI’ contract extensions

Memories. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

For the Win is reporting that former Washington Post columnists Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon have signed multi-year contract extensions to remain on ESPN as hosts of “Pardon the Interruption” and “contribute in other places on the network.”

“Tony and Mike have made PTI the most successful show of its kind in sports television,” John Wildhack, ESPN executive vice president said in a statement. “We are excited they will continue to entertain and inform our fans for many years to come.”

Neither would comment on the details of the contracts, but they both said they had never considered leaving the network where they had started the show in 2001 despite the recent surge in competition for television talent between Fox Sports One, NBC, CBS and ESPN.

“Why wouldn’t we stay?” Kornheiser told For The Win. “The show’s great and the show is so much fun, it remains fun all the time. I can’t even imagine doing something that is as much fun as this and in my case — and I think Mike’s as well — we’re surrounded by people considerably younger than us and they keep our feet in this century.”

Kornheiser and Wilbon have been hosting “Pardon the Interruption” since 2001. Terms of their new deal were not announced, though ESPN is expected to make it official on Tuesday, For the Win reports.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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