Erin Andrews explains why she left ESPN, her self-image differing from public persona

Erin Andrews joined the show to talk about her decision to leave ESPN for FOX.

Andrews said “it was time I got a kick in my rear.” She said that she wants a new challenge.

“I have a chance to work in the NFL. I have a chance to work the baseball playoffs,” Andrews said. “I have a chance to do all these events I wouldn’t be able to do at ESPN.”

Andrews stood up for the role of the sideline reporter. She pointed to a situation where she found out the real extent of Dennis Dixon’s injury at Oregon. The team said he was fine, but she realized he wasn’t and the story ended up shaping the Heisman race. Andrews said the low-point as a sideline reporter was getting outrun by Joe Paterno.

Dan asked if she ever felt if she got too famous. She said she doesn’t get it. “I very much feel like I’m a massive dork,” Andrews said. “It was really kind of a joke to me.”

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