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Lisa Guerrero Had Suicidal Thoughts After Monday Night Football

Viewers and industry members built a narrative that Guerrero was just a cheerleader/model and wasn’t qualified for the sideline role despite her nearly decade-long work as a sportscaster.

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Lisa Guerrero spent one season as the sideline reporter for ABC’s Monday Night Football broadcasts. It was a year that led her down a dark path and resulted in clinical depression.

According to Andrew Marchand at The New York Post, Guerrero developed suicidal thoughts after being bullied and criticized for being a one-and-done MNF reporter.

A former LA Rams cheerleader, actress and model, Guerrero never wanted the job alongside Al Michaels and John Madden to begin with, according to The Post. Yet her agent, Ken Linder, and MNF executive producer at the time, Fred Gaudelli, talked her into taking the position upon the premise that it would not be an “X’s and O’s” sideline job.

Viewers and industry members built a narrative that Guerrero was just a cheerleader/model and wasn’t qualified for the sideline role despite her nearly decade-long work as a sportscaster.

Marchand reports that after a few mistakes on air, Guerrero began throwing up before games and lost eight pounds during the season. Her relationship with Gaudelli also became unhealthy.

“I was terrified,” Guerrero told The Post. “People at home probably looked at it as, ‘She’s scared of the job. She’s intimidated by Monday Night Football.’ I wasn’t afraid of the job. I was afraid of [Gaudelli]. I was afraid of him screaming at me after every game and during the game. I cried every game. It was awful.”

Marchand tells the story of one night, about a year after she was taken off MNF, while driving down the Pacific Coast Highway, Guerrero turned on sports radio to hear the hosts laughing as they read a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette column that trashed her name and called her MNF’s “biggest liability ever.”

“I considered killing myself,” Guerrero told The Post.

Thankfully she called her dad who helped her understand that there was life for her after MNF.

Guerrero took that advice to heart and worked her way into role at Inside Edition where she is currently an investigative reporter.

Examining her success in this role, The Post notes a 2012 report by Guerrero that led to a Nebraska man being tried and found guilty of intentional child abuse that led to a 2-year-old’s death. It also highlights her 2019 interview with preacher Kenneth Copeland about his wealth, which has more than six million views on YouTube.

Guerrero is in a vastly different place today than she was that night on the Pacific Northwest Highway.

“I wake up and pinch myself every day,” Guerrero told Marchand. “I can’t believe I get to chase bad guys every day for a living. I get to make a difference in people’s lives and I get to make change happen. I get to be a victim’s advocate.”

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Rece Davis Believes Final Regular Season College GameDay Show Typically Most Hectic Due to Coaching Changes

“There were so many coaching changes and decisions, and we’re getting people on the phone. That was before everybody got comfortable with FaceTime.”

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College GameDay was in Columbus this past weekend ahead of Ohio State’s annual rivalry game against Michigan, and host Rece Davis said a number of head coaching announcements throughout the show made for some pretty chaotic moments.

Luke Fickell being named the new head coach at Wisconsin and former Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule being hired at Nebraska were among the marquee hirings announced over the weekend.

On the College GameDay Podcast, Davis said trying to get information confirmed and incorporated into the show in real time was exhilarating.

“It was a bizarre, fun show that we’ve had over the years when we’ve gone to Ohio State/Michigan,” he said. “I remember the ’16 year that we extended the show to five hours. It was really fun, and then a really great game followed it. And there were so many coaching changes and decisions, and we’re getting people on the phone. That was before everybody got comfortable with FaceTime. But there were a lot of bizarre things going on.”

Podcast co-host and senior college football reporter Pete Thamel echoed Davis’ sentiments, saying he would do a hit on the show, then take out his earpiece and immediately get back on the phone to work on getting the most up to date information.

“It was whoa,” he said. “We did the first segment…and normally I would’ve stayed and watched to see what the guys had to say, but I just walked off the stage and went back and started making calls.”

In addition to the Wisconsin and Nebraska hirings, Thamel was also working on trying to figure out the situation at Auburn. He helped get Rhule on the show as well, and he said it was cool the show’s team was able to book guests so quickly from different locations in the country.

“We literally went coast to coast on GameDay with good interviews on Saturday,” he said.

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Disney CEO Bob Iger: Company Will Chase Profitability Over Growing Subscriber Base

“We have to start chasing profitability. It will be demanded of us.”

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Change is abound at Disney, but it’s welcomed change. CEO Bob Iger, who was announced as the replacement for Bob Chapek last week, said his goal is to help get the company’s financial ship righted.

“We have to start chasing profitability,” Iger told employees and executives at a town hall. “It will be demanded of us.”

Iger announced one of his first moves in returning to the CEO role was to shake up its digital media and entertainment distribution division. That branch of the company oversees its streaming services like Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+. Disney+ boasts tens of millions of subscribers, and Chapek focused heavily on reaching as many people as possible.

But Disney stock price has shrunk sharply over the course of the last year, and there have been other areas of the company in which there has been discourse. There was some belief that Disney could be up for sale.

Iger hopes things at the company can be turned around in due course, but he made one thing for certain: Disney and its properties are not for sale.

“Nothing is forever, but I’m very comfortable with the set of assets that we have,” he said. “I think they can serve our company, don’t expect any headlines soon about deals.”

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YES Network Considering Derek Jeter and Don Mattingly for Analyst Roles

“I have something else burning fairly hot right now,” Mattingly said. “Depends how that goes.”

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Could Yankees fans see and hear from two of the franchise’s most beloved former players on TV next season? It’s not out of the realm of possibility. The New York Post reported Monday the team’s YES Network appeared to have an interest in bringing in Derek Jeter and Don Mattingly.

But according to the network’s president of programming and production John Filippelli, it’s all speculative at this point.

“We haven’t had any in-depth discussion with either,” he told Andrew Marchand. “If they are A) available and B) interested, you probably at least have to have a conversation.”

Marchand reached out to Mattingly, who finished his run as manager of the Miami Marlins at the end of the 2022 season, and the former Dodgers manager seemed to indicate that there is another potential opportunity in the works.

“I have something else burning fairly hot right now,” Mattingly said. “Depends how that goes.”

Jeter will likely be a hard sell on getting into the booth. The understanding is the legendary former shortstop doesn’t have a big interest in getting into broadcasting like his former teammate Alex Rodriguez.

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