Back in February, Fox Sports announced it was canceling the Emmy Award-winning Garbage Time, hosted by rising sports-media star Katie Nolan. At the time, a source confirmed reports that the network, impressed by Nolan’s successful test run during the Super Bowl, was developing a number of new television shows for the irreverent host, who is up for another Emmy Award Tuesday night.
“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,” Charlie Dixon, executive vice president of content for FS1 and FS2, said in a statement at the time.
Since then, she has been featured in a one half-hour show covering SXSW for the network, but otherwise ... crickets.
Other than a tense exchange with fellow Fox broadcaster Sean Hannity, whom she called a “literal ... moron,” Nolan has been largely invisible since the Super Bowl. There has been no news about any potential new show, her production company (Embassy Row) is staying quiet, and Nolan herself hasn’t appeared on any of the many shows her network airs.
Nolan isn’t speaking publicly about her current status with the network, either, but she did appear to be venting a bit about her situation on Twitter on Monday.
Man. I miss working.
— Katie Nolan (@katienolan) May 8, 2017
Nolan's tweet led to a wave of comments on social media among sports-media reporters and viewers who question why the popular sports personality has been relegated to the sidelines for the past few months.
“I imagine she’s letting her bosses know that it’s time for them to find a vehicle for her,” Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch wrote in an exchange with colleague Jimmy Traina.
"Pretty bizarre that they have a network that nobody watches and can't just put her on there somewhere for 30 minutes a day," Traina responded.
Fox Sports declined to comment on Nolan's tweet.
Nolan has been very open about her desire to host a nightly show and her inability to wake up before noon. She told Sporting News reporter Mike McCarthy last year she would “ideally” like to host a weekday, late-night show in the 11 or 11:30 time slot.
Although she didn’t mention anyone in her comments, some took that as a dig at the since-canceled Fox Sports Live, and former host Dan O’Toole didn’t take kindly to the suggestion he should vacate his timeslot for Nolan.
"Hey @katienolan, great to see you are a team player. Can u feed my kids once you take our time slot? Thanks!" O’Toole wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted.
There have also been rumors that despite going through a round of on-air layoffs, ESPN tried to lure Nolan away from Fox Sports. According to McCarthy, Nolan made it as far as a meeting with ESPN president John Skipper, senior VP Connor Schell and Pardon the Interruption producer Erik Rydholm.
Since the cancellation of Fox Sports Live, the network has run UFC content during the evenings, followed by MLB Whiparound. Many shows have been rumored for months, including a morning show featuring former Eagles wide receiver Cris Carter to lead into Undisputed with Skip Bayless, Shannon Sharpe, and Joy Taylor and an afternoon show to lead into Speak for Yourself with Colin Cowherd, Jason Whitlock, and Jason McIntyre.
I'd look for @FS1 to announce its new morning show sooner than later. Will enter a very crowded competitive space between news & sports.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) February 21, 2017
So far, no news has materialized around either. So like Nolan, we'll just have to wait and see what the network rolls out. Although former ESPN the Magazine reporter Jim Weber had a slightly harsher assessment of Nolan's situation.
Katie Nolan's situation is perfect microcosm of FS1 as whole. She's being paid to sit at home twiddling thumbs while network's ratings suck.
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) May 9, 2017