Fox Sports 1’s Jason Whitlock is no longer employed by the network after his contract expired over the weekend and was not renewed, according to Outkick the Coverage.
The website began questioning his status after noticing that he was not co-hosting Speak for Yourself when it aired on Monday, was not included in the program guide over the next several weeks, and had been removed from the show’s Twitter profile picture.
According to the resulting report, Whitlock and FS1 were unable to reach an agreement on terms for a renewed contract.
“Hard work and dedication”
In a statement to The Wrap, an FS1 spokesperson confirmed the host’s exit from the network.
“Friday was Jason Whitlock’s last day with Fox Sports,” the source said. “We thank Jason for all of his hard work and dedication to the network, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
His broadcasting career included multiple stints at both Fox Sports and ESPN dating back to 2002. He began hosting Speak for Yourself in 2016 alongside co-hosts including Colin Cowherd and Marcellus Wiley.
According to the New York Post, Whitlock has confirmed he is no longer under contract with Fox Sports, though he declined to provide additional details about the circumstances of his departure or his possible next career move.
What comes next
Unnamed sources, however, suggest he is considering a solo venture that could include a podcast or online program marketed directly to viewers.
As for the apparent inability of Whitlock and FS1 to reach a deal, it is still unclear where discussions broke down.
Throughout his career, he has earned a reputation as an outspoken analyst and commentator — not just in the realm of sports, but on social and political issues as well. Sharing certain controversial opinions, including his belief that the NFL has become too political, has led to Whitlock receiving a mixture of criticism and support in recent years.
In addition to his on-air gigs, Whitlock was also a longtime columnist for the Kansas City Star. Reports indicate Speak for Yourself will continue while FS1 looks for Whitlock’s replacement.
Whether they love or hate him, audiences have come to expect Whitlock to speak his mind on the important issues of the day. Many fans are sure to be hoping for an independent venture that allows him to be as outspoken as he wants to be.