Awkward! Tony Gonzalez’s wife and ex-girlfriend are both trying out to be a co-host on ‘The View’


Tony Gonzalez with the Atlanta Falcons in 2012. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Call it a coincidence, because that’s most likely what it is. Two women linked romantically to former NFL star Tony Gonzalez are reportedly finalists for co-hosting positions on “The View,” The Kansas City Star reports. One of the women is Gonzalez’s wife, October, and the other is his ex-girlfriend and mother to one of his children, Los Angeles-based reporter Lauren Sanchez, who once tried out for “The View” in 1999 but did not get the job.

Both women reportedly participated in screen tests with current co-host Whoopi Goldberg and returning co-host Rosie O’Donnell, according to The Wrap.

Sanchez may have a slight advantage of her ex’s spouse, however. October Gonzalez does not have any entertainment experience, according the The Wrap, although she is represented by her husband’s manager.

Other sports-related candidates that The Wrap reports are still in the mix include ESPN’s Jemele Hill, co-host of “Numbers Never Lie,” and ESPN and ABC’s Sage Steele, the host of Friday and Sunday evening broadcasts of “NBA Countdown.”

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.

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