Erin Andrews is leaving ESPN, according to identical tweets by PR staffers (Josh Krulewitz, Mike Humes and Mike Soltys) at the sports media giant. The tweets about the departure of the most famous sideline reporter in sports media (sorry Craig Sager) came shortly after Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated reported that FOX was making a concerted effort to woo Andrews, whose contract expires this month.


Josh Krulewitz
Erin Andrews leaving ESPN. She did great work for us & we made an aggressive offer to keep her. We wish her the best on her next chapter


Mike Soltys
Erin Andrews leaving ESPN. She did great work for us & we made an aggressive offer to keep her. We wish her the best on her next chapter.


Mike Humes
Erin Andrews leaving ESPN. She did great work for us & we made aggressive offer to keep her. Wish her best on her next chapter

Just a few weeks before this announcement, Deadspin reported that a source told them there was little interest in Andrews outside of Bristol. Even further, a rival TV executive suggested to Deadspin that ESPN's interest in her was waning, citing her lack of appearances on "Good Morning America."

Andrews becomes the second high-profile departure from ESPN in recent weeks. In May, Michelle Beadle left ESPN for NBC. The third free agent in Bristol this summer was Scott Van Pelt. He agreed to a new deal to remain with the network. On the day that Andrews departure was announced via Twitter, Van Pelt hosted "PTI," perhaps suggesting that his presence his expanding.

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 22: Sideline reporter Erin Andrews during a Thanksgiving Day game between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on November 22, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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    Erin Andrews attends the Fox Sports Media Upfront party celebrating the new Fox Sports 1 network on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

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    Erin Andrews arrives at the Teen Choice Awards at the Gibson Amphitheater on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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    Sportscaster Erin Andrews poses for a photo before the start of the NHL Awards, Wednesday, June 20, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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    Sportscaster Erin Andrews arrives at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on Saturday, April 28, 2012 in Washington.

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    Erin Andrews arrives at the 45th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011.

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    Erin Andrews arrives at the 45th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011.

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    LSU head coach Les Miles, right, talks with ESPN reporter Erin Andrews during the first half of the Cowboys Classic NCAA college football game agianst Oregon, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, in Arlington, Texas.

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    ESPN's Erin Andrews reports from the sidelines during a NCAA college football game between Auburn and Tennessee Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 in Knoxville, Tenn. Auburn won 26-22.

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    Erin Andrews arrives at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday July 15, 2009, in Los Angeles.

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    Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, right, shows ESPN reporter Erin Andrews his No. 20 jersey before the Ohio State, Michigan State basketball game Saturday, January, 27, 2007, in Columbus, Ohio.

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    ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews interviews North Carolina State's Tracy Smith (23) after an NCAA college basketball game against Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, March 12, 2010.

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    ESPN Broadcasters' Erin Andrews and Dick Vitale embrace before an NCAA college basketball game with Duke and Miami in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Saturday, March 13, 2010.

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    ESPN's Erin Andrews center poses with some Clemson fans before the start of their NCAA college basketball game against Duke Saturday, Jan. 23,2010, at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C.

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    ESPN's Erin Andrews works on the sidelines of the Holiday Bowl NCAA college football game between Nebraska and Arizona Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

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    Presenters Erin Andrews, left, and Cody Simpson speak on stage at the Teen Choice Awards at the Gibson Amphitheater on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

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    IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR SONY - From left, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, right, and Erin Andrews attend Sony 4k: Live Beyond Definition on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Sony/AP Images)

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    Broadcaster Erin Andrews, left, and Chelsea Clinton pose at a panel discussion hosted by Marie Clare magazine entitled "Social Media: The Perils and Possibilities of Living in a Digital World," at the Hearst Tower on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab)

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    In this publicity image released by ABC, Erin Andrews, right, and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy perform on the celebrity dance competition series "Dancing With the Stars," on Monday, May 24, 2010 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/ABC, Adam Larkey)

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    In this publicity image released by ABC, Erin Andrews and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy perform on the celebrity dance competition series, "Dancing with the Stars," Monday, May 10, 2010 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/ABC, Adam Larkey)

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    In this publicity image released by ABC, ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews, right, and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy perform on the celebrity dance competition series, "Dancing With the Stars," Monday, March 22, 2010 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/ABC, Adam Larkey)

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 02: Christine Teigen (L) and TV personality Erin Andrews attend DIRECTV'S Seventh Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl at DTV SuperFan Stadium at Mardi Gras World on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images For DirecTV)

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 02: TV personality Erin Andrews attends DIRECTV'S Seventh Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl at DTV SuperFan Stadium at Mardi Gras World on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images For DirecTV)

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 01: TV personality Erin Andrews arrives at the Rolling Stone LIVE party held at the Bud Light Hotel on February 1, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Rolling Stone)

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 01: TV personality Erin Andrews arrives at the Rolling Stone LIVE party held at the Bud Light Hotel on February 1, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Rolling Stone)

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 01: TV personality Erin Andrews and former professional football player Joe Theismann arrive at the Rolling Stone LIVE party held at the Bud Light Hotel on February 1, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Rolling Stone)

  • NFC Championship - San Francisco 49ers v Atlanta Falcons

    ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 20: (L-R) Fox Sports reporter and host Erin Andrews, singer Usher and Fox Sports NFL analyst Michael Strahan stand on the field prior to the Atlanta Falcons hosting the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on January 20, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

  • Washington Redskins v Dallas Cowboys

    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 22: Sideline reporter Erin Andrews during a Thanksgiving Day game between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on November 22, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 22: Sideline reporter Erin Andrews during a Thanksgiving Day game between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on November 22, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Sportscaster Erin Andrews arrives at the GQ Men of the Year Party at Chateau Marmont on November 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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    Erin Andrews poses on arrival for the GQ Men of the Year Party at Chateau Marmont on Sunset Blvd., in Hollywood, California, on November 13, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 22: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 holds the National League trophy after the Giants defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by David J. Phillip/Pool/Getty Images)

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    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Sportscaster Erin Andrews attends Cantor Fitzgerald & BGC Partners host annual charity day on 9/11 to benefit over 100 charities worldwide at Cantor Fitzgerald on September 11, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Mike McGregor/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)

  • 83rd MLB All-Star Game

    KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 10: Fox Sports reports Erin Andrews interviews National League All-Star Chipper Jones #10 (L) and America League All-Star Mike Trout #27 (R) of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the 83rd MLB All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium on July 10, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 10: Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews interviews players on the field before the 83rd MLB All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium on July 10, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 20: TV personality Erin Andrews presents an award during the 2012 NHL Awards at the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas on June 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 20: TV personality Erin Andrews presents an award during the 2012 NHL Awards at the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas on June 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

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    LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05: Sportcaster Erin Andrews attends the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

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    LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05: Red Carpet/Celebrity Signing Moment: Sportscaster Erin Andrews signs a limited edition 6 Liter Moet & Chandon Imperial bottle for the brand's philanthropic initiative 'Sign for the Roses', on the red carpet at the 138th Kentucky Derby on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Joey Foley/Getty Images for Moet)

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    LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05: Sportcaster Erin Andrews attends the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)