Bill Simmons has remained quiet throughout his ouster from ESPN, only going on Twitter to talk about his beloved Patriots and thin slither back into the darkness. However, that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from churning about his potential future destinations.
Simmons was reported to have discussed a possible digital network with soon-to-be unemployed Jon Stewart of the Daily Show. Now, The Hollywood Reporter, in a lengthy feature on HBO and it’s future, reports that the largest cable subscriber network is making a strong push to bring Simmons on for his own show.
While HBO executives are staying mum, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the network is in talks for a major multipart deal with the biggest media personality in sports…
Though Simmons is said to have several suitors, insiders say conversations at HBO have focused on a TV show — something Simmons is believed to want — along with heavy digital extensions that make the prolific personality tailor-made for the HBO Now era.
The article also mentions HBO’s interest in Jon Stewart, which could lend some sort of credence to both rumors as they could each possibly take on a weekly show at HBO and launch an online presence together. A Simmons show on HBO would certainly be an interesting opportunity for him, as he loves doing TV and HBO would allow him to be fully unbridled with what he could say and do on that show.
While Simmons will undoubtedly want to have some sort of written, online presence in the future, he could do that as well as an HBO show — and HBO could provide a digital platform for him to do podcasts, etc. on HBO Now — and do so on an uncensored platform that would seemingly be a perfect fit for him.