ESPN personality and radio host Will Cain looks to be headed back to Fox News, according to multiple media reports.
Cain was an on-air political contributor at Fox before joining ESPN. A noted conservative, Cain was also previously a pundit at Glenn Beck’s The Blaze.
His national ESPN Radio show, “The Will Cain Show” (3-6pm Eastern), made its debut in 2018. Cain has also been on TV as a panelist on the morning debate show “First Take.”
While at ESPN, The Washington Post reports, Cain took positions on Nike’s endorsement deal with Colin Kaepernick (he thought it was a mistake) and whether the Washington Redskins should change their name (he said they shouldn’t).
“ESPN doesn’t have a voice like mine,” Cain told The Post for a 2018 story.
Cain’s expected departure comes amid financial turmoil for ESPN, which is owned by Disney. Earlier this month the venerable sports broadcaster asked some of its highest-paid talent to take 15% pay cuts over the next three months.
Cain earns a reported $500,000 annually, and sources familiar with his recent contract talks tell the Post he asked ESPN for $2 million per year.
“ESPN executives were interested in bringing him back, discussing a deal worth as much as $1.2 million for a role that centered on his radio show,” the newspaper reports. “Cain was interested in hosting a morning radio show, which ESPN was open to discussing but not with him as a solo host. ESPN strongly denied that Cain asked for $2 million or that $1.2 million was discussed; through an ESPN spokeswoman, Cain declined to comment.”
Cain’s news role at Fox is expected to include appearances on Fox News and Fox Nation, the network’s subscription streaming service.