Longtime Fox reporter Erin Andrews was less than pleased with the latest news regarding broadcast team Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.
After a long time working “America’s Game of the Week” on Fox, ESPN swooped in to snag both Aikman and Buck for their “Monday Night Football” broadcast for next season.
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Speaking on her iHeart Radio podcast, “Calm Down with Erin and Charissa,” Erin Andrews admitted that she wasn’t fully prepared for Troy Aikman and Joe Buck to leave the network. And when she heard the news, she couldn’t help but shed some tears.
“This all happened fast,” Andrews said. “I wasn’t expecting it. I’ll be completely honest, I don’t think a lot of people were. I am known for being one tough cookie. I can deal with a lot of things, I have dealt with a lot of things, but when I had to speak to both of those guys separately when they both had officially left, oh God I cried.
“I don’t think they both expected that from me. I’ll cry right now… I told both of them I came to Fox to work with them. I just thought it would be so cool to do games with them. You [Charissa] said it perfectly, I know these people sometimes better than my husband.”
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Erin Andrews would go on to detail the close personal connections she’s made with some of her co-workers over the years.
“Every Thanksgiving I am with them. Past two Christmases I’ve been with them,” Andrews said. “They’ve listened to my fertility issues, they knew about my cancer issues. I’ve listened to them [talk about] their daughters or having their babies and things like that. It’s just crazy, they literally become your family, and they at times are closer to you than your actual blood family or husband or anything like that.”
Through it all, though, Erin Andrews doesn’t hold it against Joe Buck or Troy Aikman that they decided to leave for a better opportunity.
“I don’t hold it against anybody for leaving, look I left ESPN after being there for eight years and came to Fox,” she said. “Like I said at the Pat Summerall Award [dinner], that was one of the best career moves I ever made. A lot of that had to do with, yes my crew, but my relationship with those two. They became my brothers and they became my [real] best friends so I’m sad but I’m so happy for them.”