ESPN’s SportsNation gets a makeover with hosts Jordan and Shae Cornette
ESPN SportsNation gets yet another new look. The sports show, now on ESPN +, debuted with its new hosts on Monday morning (October 11).
Jordan and Shae Peppler Cornette will now headline the show, which airs at 10 a.m. ET every weekday, joined by a variety of ESPN personalities including Jason Fitz, Christine Williamson, Sam Acho, Gary Striewski, Stephania Bell, Arda Ocal and Omar Raja. On each show, the team will review highlights from the action from the night before, mixing social media reactions, Top 5 lists, analysis, interviews and panel discussion.
The Cornettes take over shortly after SportsNation relaunched earlier this year with hosts Ashley Brewer, Taylor Twellman and Treavon Scales. And the show has seen a lot of turnover, even coming back from a cancellation in 2018, over its lifespan with hosts including Michelle Beadle, Charissa Thompson, Colin Cowherd, Marcellus Wiley, Max Kellerman and Cari Champion.
Presumably, producers and network executives believe there will be better chemistry with a husband and wife team hosting the show. The Cornettes have done it before, hosting ESPN Radio GameDay Sunday during the football season.
“We’re both very outgoing, very outspoken, passionate about sports, passionate about the things in life,” Shae told Richard Deitsch of The Athletic in 2020. “We both don’t take each other too seriously and have a good sense of humor. But we have different views on different things. We’re very different. We react to sports very differently. We’re passionate about different teams. I’m from Chicago. He’s from Cincinnati.
Jordan, who played basketball at Notre Dame, joined ESPN in 2018 as a college hoops analyst, ultimately becoming a face of the ACC Network while hosting the channel’s Saturday football studio show, The Caucus. In addition to her work at ESPN, Shae is a host on SiriusXM NFL Radio. Before joining the network, she was a reporter and host at FOX 32 in Chicago.
“The relaunch of SportsNation across ESPN +, social and digital, has been a collaborative success across teams and platforms, ”ESPN vice president of digital production Mike Foss said in the network announcement. “We are delighted that Shae and Jordan are helping further propel the show with their vibrant personalities and chemistry.”