When Bill Simmons was ousted from ESPN back in May – as well as removed as Editor-in-Chief of Grantland – many speculated where the opinionated “Sports Guy” would end up. Today brings news that Simmons and HBO have reached an agreement for him to host his own weekly talk show beginning in 2016.
According to the official statement by Michael Lombardo, President of HBO Programming. “We have been fans of Bill Simmons and his work for a very long time. His intelligence, talent and insights are without precedent in the areas he covers. We could not be more thrilled for him to bring those talents to HBO and to become a signature voice at the network, spanning the sports and pop culture landscapes.”
Bill Simmons responded with similarly flattering things to say about HBO, saying, “It’s no secret that HBO is the single best place for creative people in the entire media landscape. From the moment I started talking to Michael and Richard [Plepler, HBO chairman and CEO], it was hard to imagine being anywhere else.”
Simmons and HBO’s partnership will begin officially in October.