Talk show host Jason Whitlock is out at Fox Sports after the two sides could not come to an agreement on a new contract, the network announced.
Whitlock, 53, is believed to be looking into starting his own direct-to-consumer business, according to sources.
The recent model that mostly sidesteps traditional media has been successful for Bill Simmons, Dave Portnoy and Joe Rogan, among others.
Whitlock, who hosted a show with Marcellus Wiley called “Speak for Yourself,” was not on the air on Monday.
The site, Outkick, first reported Whitlock’s departure.
The show will continue as FS1 will begin looking for Whitlock’s replacement.
“Friday was Jason Whitlock’s last day with FOX Sports,” the network said in a statement. “We thank Jason for all of his hard work and dedication to the network, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Whitlock also confirmed the news, but declined to say what is next.
The two sides could not come to an agreement on a new deal. Though it is unknown how much Whitlock exactly made, a role like that is in the seven-figure-plus territory. Skip Bayless, who makes $6.25 million, has a contract that is also soon up.
Whitlock previously left ESPN for Fox Sports. He started his career in newspapers before becoming a radio and television talk show host. It was his second stint with Fox Sports, which he joined for the second time in 2015.
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