Tony Kornheiser, the former Washington Post columnist and current ESPN voice, will not be on the air for his daily "Tony Kornheiser Show" on ESPN 980 for the rest of the summer after Friday's show. Kornheiser noted this on the air on Thursday, according to the Twitter account @MrTonySays, which chronicles his quotes on radio and television.
"The show is not going to be on the air next week. The decision was made by management. It's a very complicated thing, and understand that it's business. Look, I'm not going to agree with it, but I'm not going to go nuts," Kornheiser said to begin the show Thursday. "I have a contractual arrangement that allows me to do a certain number of shows. I reached that number of shows, so economically, the station decided they'd rather have someone else and not pay me for any more shows. That's fine."
Kornheiser did say he would have liked to have been on the air next week because of the 2011 U.S. Open being in town at Congressional Country Club. He was already planning on taking off for July and August. An ESPN Radio source told John Ourand of Sports Business Journal said that Kornheiser's words were due to a "scheduling/vacation issue."