Kornheiser Out, Gruden In at Monday Night Football

ESPN host resigns over fear of flying
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2009 11:34 AM CDT
ESPN's "Monday Night Football" team will lose Tony Kornheiser, right. Former coach Jon Gruden will join Mike Tirico, left, and Ron Jaworski for the franchise's 40th season.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden will replace Tony Kornheiser in the Monday Night Football booth, USA Today reports. Kornheiser, after 3 seasons, says the upcoming schedule would force him to give up the bus as his preferred travel method, and “my fear of planes is legendary.”

The 45-year-old Gruden, fired by the Buccaneers in January, is the perfect replacement, Kornheiser added: “He is the two things you most want—smart and funny—and has the two things I don’t—good hair and a tan.”