The former ESPN writer and Grantland editor has found a new home.
HBO announced on Wednesday that they have agreed to an exclusive deal with Simmons, with Simmons getting his own talk show on the network starting in 2016. Simmons will also have a production deal with the network that may allow him to do video documentaries like he did with ESPN’s 30 for 30 series.
“It’s no secret that HBO is the single best place for creative people in the entire media landscape,” Simmons said in a statement. “From the moment I started talking to Michael and Richard (Plepler), it was hard to imagine being anywhere else.”
Simmons and ESPN parted ways after ESPN decided not to renew Simmons’ contract back in May. Since then, Simmons had not made any appearances for the network and the editorial status of the popular site Grantland has been shifted elsewhere inside ESPN. Simmons often complained about the network while under their employ, and he was reportedly let go due to his consistent negative comments about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Simmons is just one man of the recent talent departures from ESPN recently. Colin Cowherd has left for Fox Sports, and both Keith Olbermann and Lou Holtz were let go by the network. Simmons had worked with ESPN since 2001, where he originally wrote under his “Sports Guy” gimmick.