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'Mike & Mike' to be replaced by 'Golic & Wingo' in November

ROB TORNOE
Philly.com (TNS)

After months and months of speculation, we finally know when Mike & Mike is going off the air.

ESPN announced the long-running morning show, hosted by Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, will conclude it’s nearly 18-year run on Nov. 17.

FILE - In this May 8, 2012, file photo, ESPN radio hosts Mike Greenberg, left, and Mike Golic throw out first pitches before a baseball game between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox in Cleveland. The network announced Tuesday, May 16, 2017, that Greenberg would be leaving the longtime morning radio show he co-hosts with Golic to host a new morning TV show on ESPN TV that will premier Jan. 1. 'Mike & Mike' will be replaced by 'Golic & Wingo' in November.

Ten days later, ESPN Radio will debut it’s replacement, Golic & Wingo, which pairs Golic with new co-host Mike Wingo. Like Mike & Mike, Golic & Wingo will air from 6 to 10 a.m. daily and will initially be simulcast on ESPN2 before moving to ESPNU in early January. Golic’s son, Mike Golic Jr., will also join the show daily for an hour from 6 to 7 a.m.

Fans will get a taste of how well Golic and Wingo pair together starting tomorrow, when the two host Mike & Mike together for the rest of the week. Greenberg is currently guest hosting The Michael Kay Show alongside Don La Greca on ESPN New York 98.7 FM.

Greenberg is departing the show to host a new morning show on ESPN, which will go head-to-head with a new morning show on Fox Sports 1 hosted by former Eagles wide receiver Cris Carter and Nick Wright. Connor Schell, ESPN’s new executive vice president of content, is reportedly a big supporter of the show, and hand-picked former Around the Horn producer Bill Wolff to oversee it.

The move has reportedly created tension on the set of Mike & Mike, where staffers described the atmosphere to Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch as “poisonous” and said Greenberg and Golic were barely on speaking terms. Both Golic and Greenberg deny things have gotten that bad between then.

“Regardless of what anyone seems to want to think, Mike and I are doing just great,” Greenberg said in an interview with the South Bend Tribune. “I’m going to miss him. It’s just that simple. The decision for me to go do a new show was one that was made by other people. It was not made by me.”