Great ideas don't always work out the way they were intended to, and the choices you make become the risks you take. But sometimes things just don't work out. This was one of those times. No drama, no story, no ill will.
I will no longer a part of the Kap and Haugh show in the update role. I hope to be back in studio from time to time, as fill-in host for the guys when they're gone....so take more vacations or sick days would ya guys!
In all seriousness, what I loved most was knowing everyday, when that red light came on, I had a platform and responsibility to entertain and to share my part in the most thought provoking, controversial, and entertaining moments in sports and entertainment in the last 24 hours. And it only felt more encouraging knowing our loyal viewers wanted to hear what I had to say, and supported my original thoughts whether they agreed or not. Thank you for that, and please continue to create that kind of environment that thrives in debatable and diverse conversation. More women in bigger roles on the air won't happen unless there is a demand for it, and I believe there is not only a demand but an absolute need. There's a reason daytime talk shows thrive on diversity. What's taking the sports world so long? Its a vision I have when I think about what I'd like to do next.
As for the team:
Kap (David Kaplan) saw something in me years ago when we met through random circumstances (a steel networking event), and I asked him to look at my demo tape. He has always looked out for me since bringing me into the mix when 87.7 The Game was created, giving me a break I'll be forever grateful for. Haugh (David Haugh) who I didn't know when I started last April 7, 2014, opened up to be as thoughtful-minded as he is thought-provoking. As for the crew of Mikey, Roons, and PG.... you do amazing work bringing Kap and Haugh to life. A 3 hour show run by a 3 man crew isn't easy to do.
I also want to thank the WGN family and the friends I made there, which pretty much meant anyone I came into contact with. I was encouraged to say what I wanted and exactly what I felt from day one. That gave me so much confidence, thank you! I appreciate the freedom you gave me to create that space for myself, knowing I had the backing of my bosses. WGN embraces individuality and encourages fun, a motto many of us could benefit from adopting.
The timing couldn't be better really. I'm taking the next few months to focus on some projects I'm very nervous but excited about and want to bring to life. And I'm also going to one way or another, write...but so far I still hate it and its still one of the hardest things for me to do, for many reasons. Most importantly though I'm making myself take a step back from a blinding pace I'm no longer able to keep up.