ESPN Cancels Bomani Jones’ ‘High Noon’

The sun has set on “High Noon.”

On Monday, ESPN announced that the daily talk show, featuring Bomani Jones and Pablo Torre, would be ending next month. Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand broke the news Monday evening.

“Co-hosts Pablo Torre and Bomani Jones are extremely talented, and they helmed what we believe was a smart and nuanced show,” the company said. “Unfortunately, not enough people agreed with us,” read a statement from ESPN.

The show was run by producer Erik Rydholm, the man behind shows like “Pardon the Interruption,” “Highly Questionable” and “Around the Horn.” Things were different with “High Noon” as the show was shot with 24 frames, giving it a distinct look. What once began as a daily hour show that aired at noon, it was moved to 4:00 p.m. and cut down to a 30-minute show.

Sports Business Journal revealed that “High Noon” only averaged 330,000 viewers this year, meaning that viewership was down by 3%.

“You’re allowed to not like that show, you’re allowed to not think that they had chemistry, or whatever it is your criticisms and complaints are,” said ESPN’s Dan Le Batard during his radio show on Tuesday. “But I will just say that the cancellation of that show is a victory for dumb people.”

Jalen Rose and David Jacoby’s “Jalen & Jacoby” will replace the time slot that “High Noon” holds.

It is believed that both Jones and Torre are in contract negotiations with ESPN as their deals are expected to end soon.

Carron J. Phillips, Senior Columnist with The Shadow League, hails from Saginaw, Michigan. In 2016, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. Phillips graduated with honors from Morehouse College in 2006 and received his Masters in 2011 from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.