And now, nearly three months later, we still don’t know what exactly Fox has in mind for Nolan. Apparently she doesn’t, either, based on this tweet from early Monday morning.
Nolan responded to a number of people who tweeted at her, with one response suggesting that she’s still in Fox Sports’ plans.
When she does return, it still isn’t clear what kind of show she’ll be hosting. Awful Announcing reported that it could be “Garbage Time” in a new format, perhaps as a daily show with a more dedicated daytime time slot than the previous late-night incarnation. That previous show would occasionally get pushed back into the early-morning hours by Fox Sports 1’s live events, further eroding an audience that never was all that big to begin with.
The reason things still appear to be up in the air might be because Fox Sports is truly conflicted about how to best move forward with Nolan. One source told Michael McCarthy of the Sporting News in February that Nolan’s exposure on Fox Sports 1 would be increasing “fivefold,” but another source told Awful Announcing’s Ben Koo that network honchos Jamie Horowitz and Charlie Dixon aren’t keen on the shows that predated their arrival at the network and “don’t really care much” about any show that isn’t part of FS1’s daytime shout-fest, which has been their focus.
We’ve asked Fox Sports about its plans for Nolan but have not yet received a reply.
And then there’s ESPN, which reportedly began wooing Nolan right around the time Fox Sports announced that “Garbage Time” was going on hiatus. Nolan still has around 16 months left on her Fox Sports contract, according to McCarthy, who added that it would be “highly unusual” for her to jump to a competing network with so much time left on her deal. But since the report of ESPN’s interest, the network has laid off around 100 people, many of them on-camera personalities. And while the network has announced a spate of hirings and re-signings in recent weeks, one has to wonder how well such a pursuit of Nolan — who seems likely to get star money in her next deal — would go over at a place that ostensibly is trying to cut costs.
In any case, for now, Nolan appears to be getting paid to do nothing, and her tweet could be a sign that she’s getting antsy.