“Speak for Yourself” Host Jason Whitlock Is Out at Fox Sports

Whitlock’s contract expired this past Sunday and was not extended

Whitlock, 53, left his FS1 talk show "Speak For Yourself" just two weeks ago
Former FS1 host Jason Whitlock. (Fox)
By Evan Bleier / June 3, 2020 6:30 am

As first reported by Outkick, Speak for Yourself host Jason Whitlock is finished at FSI after his contract with Fox Sports expired on Sunday and the two sides were unable to come to an agreement on an extension.

Whitlock, who joined FS1 in 2016, is looking into starting his own direct-to-consumer business, sources told The New York Post.

“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.”

The 53-year-old hosted Speak for Yourself alongside Colin Cowherd and also worked as the show’s solo host before Marcellus Wiley joined the program as a new co-host in 2018. The show will continue to air in Whitlock’s absence as FS1 looks for his replacement.

Prior to working at Fox Sports, Whitlock worked at ESPN and also had a number of newspaper and radio gigs.

An Indianapolis native, Whitlock is known for his controversial takes on sports and Black America as well as his conservative leanings. That combination made Whitlock a natural fit at Fox, and it will be interesting to see where he winds up next or if following the direct-to-consumer model that has worked for sports personalities like Bill Simmons and Joe Rogan will work for him.

Whitlock’s former colleague, Skip Bayless, also faces an uncertain future at Fox with his contract set to expire in September.

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