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Bomani Jones complains ESPN didn’t give him another full-time TV show after his failure

ESPN canceled Bomani Jones’ TV show, high noonin 2020 after setting record lows at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The network re-signed Jones after the cancellation. One could define his fortune as a privilege. After all, ESPN continued to pay him as if he weren’t just dumping his daily TV lineup.

Yet, according to Bomani, his luck made him the victim.

Jones recently appeared on a friendly, agent-influenced outlet to complain that ESPN didn’t give him another TV show immediately after his own was canceled. He said he deserved return as a full-time co-host of very questionable with Dan the Bastard.

Specifically, he took issue with the fact that ESPN instead slotted him into a rotation with other network personalities, several of whom rated higher on HQ than him.

Here is Bomani claiming to be a victim of the network that employs him:

He certainly has an ego for a guy who set records on ESPN TV, ESPN Radio and now HBO.

I saved the show!

I deserved to be a full-time co-host!

He also gave a nice twist to his career.

Bomani Jones didn’t “save” anything. Former ESPN President John Skipper chose Jones along with Jemele Hill, Michael Smith and Dan Le Batard to be the future faces of the network. Skipper catapulted them each into the daily lineup.

Jones’ original push included a daily siege on very questionable as the third wheel behind Le Batard and his father. Skipper, with a well-documented personal relationship with Le Batard, later moved the show from ESPN2 to ESPN.

And once Jones moved on to host his own show, high noon, he failed miserably. It lost over 70% of Stephen A. Smith’s noon viewership and stalled the afternoon block after a 4 p.m. demotion.

What else, HQ continued to succeed after Bomani. The success of the program was tied to Le Batard; not Jones.

So for Jones to go on a podcast and claim ESPN owed him a spot on the show is ignorant. He shows no self-awareness.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – NOVEMBER 04: Bomani Jones onstage during ‘Colin In Black And White’, Netflix and Dreamville Present Path To Power Summit at Clark University Atlanta on November 04, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Netflix)

Also note that the interviewer failed to challenge Jones on why he deserved the full-time gig compared to the other personalities in the rotation.

While Katie Nolan, Mina Kimes, Katie Nolan, Israel Gutierrez and Domonique Foxworth barely scream the success story, they weren’t the ones who experienced record-breaking disaster.

It was Bomani Jones.

Jones’ claim as a victim should serve as a warning to HBO. HBO won’t cancel it hosted by Jones Race theory this season. The racial tensions are too strong. Canceling a show that focuses on calling white people racist would cause a backlash that HBO is not equipped to withstand.

But one day, HBO will find the courage to launch a show losing an unprecedented 80% of Bill Maher’s audience. (Note: Jones lost 80% of John Oliver in Season 1.)

At this point, Bomani Jones may reappear and scold HBO for not immediately casting him on a more successful show where he can play his sidekick.

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