She’s going from “Garbage Time” to prime time.
Fox Sports severed ties with Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole Thursday, leaving the door open for the network’s biggest star, Katie Nolan, to take over their top timeslot.
“You’re going to see zero Jay and Dan, but you’re going to see five times as much Katie Nolan,” an unnamed FS1 exec told Sporting News.
Onrait and O’Toole’s program “Fox Sports Live,” the channel’s weeknight “competitor” to ESPN’s SportsCenter that aired between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. (depending on live games), may now be replaced by a new show featuring Nolan.
“Throughout the evolution of FS1, we’ve been committed to creating programming that resonates with sports fans,” Fox Sports’ Charlie Dixon said in a statement. “As part of that commitment, we are constantly assessing all of FS1’s studio offerings, and despite changes to the format of ‘Fox Sports Live’ and the popularity of Jay and Dan as individuals, we’ve made the difficult decision to move forward with other projects.”
An evening slot may not be the only time Nolan will be on the air.
Late night, morning and afternoon shows are “all on the table” for her, according to Sporting News.
It’s unclear whether any slots will be filled with Nolan’s current show “Garbage Time,” which the network did not renew, but they are hoping to use her as a lead-in to Skip Bayless’ show, “Undisputed,” and Colin Cowherd’s “Speak for Yourself,” Sporting News reported.
“Following the success of her Emmy Award-winning original program GARBAGE TIME, including the show’s successful daily hour-long run during Super Bowl Week, we could not be more excited about Katie Nolan’s future with FOX Sports and we look forward to further developing her role at FS1,” the network said.
While Fox Sports is realigning their TV schedule, MLB Whiparound will take over the “Fox Sports Live” slot starting April 3.