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Dan Le Batard is officially in his last month at ESPN.
The familiar radio voice and TV host will leave the company after a final day of shows — “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz” and “Highly Questionable” — on Jan. 4, Le Batard and ESPN announced on Thursday.
The Post’s Andrew Marchand reported last month that a breakup was likely coming and on Thursday, ESPN executive vice president and executive editor Norby Williamson said in a statement that the network and Le Batard had “mutually agreed” to move on.
“Gracias to ESPN for unleashing Papi and Stugotz upon an unsuspecting America, and for lending its substantive credibility to our careening clown car,” Le Batard said in a statement. “Can’t believe Stugotz finally achieved his dream of becoming a high-priced free agent.”
“Highly Questionable” will remain on ESPN after Le Batard’s departure, the network said. ESPN had previously moved the show to an earlier time in the day and cut his national radio program by an hour.
Le Batard also expressed his displeasure last month when he said he was “blindsided” by news of one of his producers, Chris Cote, being one of the 300 people ESPN laid off. He called it “the greatest disrespect of my professional career,” though he took on Cote’s salary as a personal assistant and gave him a raise.
“To our loyal army of concerned fans, and to everyone who walked along and played an instrument in our Marching Band to Nowhere, know that it is a very exciting time for us, not a sad one,” Le Batard said Thursday. “And that you’ll be hearing our laughter again soon enough.”
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