ESPN explains hiring of The Bachelorette contestant Jordan Rodgers
9 August 2016 Entertainment News
Fourth Estate Staff
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – ESPN Senior Vice President Stephanie Druley said in an interview that Jordan Rodgers' addition to the network's on-air roster had nothing to do with his appearance on the recent season of “The Bachelorette.”
Rodgers was tapped to be a college football analysts for this season for ESPN and fans became skeptical that the network only chose the former NFL player for the job because of winning “The Bachelorette.” Speculation also surfaced this was the real reason behind Rodgers joining “The Bachelorette.”
His on-screen nemesis, Chad Johnson, took to Twitter to say that Rodgers did not join “The Bachelorette” to find love but to establish his career. He noted,
“Looks like @JRodgers11 got what he wanted out of all of this. Way to play your role buddy! # TheBachelorettehttps ://twitter.com/ SECfootball /status/748645685050781697.”
Druley then released a statement saying, “He had been on our radar before the show, he didn't need the show to get our attention. In fact, I had a real concern with how he would be viewed by fans of the show and what it might mean for him down the line.” She said the network waited until the show was a few weeks into its run before they offered him the job. He accepted the offer during that time.
The Senior Vice President of ESPN said he has talent in front of the camera and has knowledge on the subject. In the past, Rodgers played quarterback and at Vanderbilt.
Durley added, “We had seen some interviews that he had done. So we reached out to him. At the time, he was unavailable due to filming. I'm not even sure that we knew what show he was doing. When he became available, he came to Charlotte. He walked into my office and the first thing I said to him [jokingly] was that his hair might be too high for our network.”
Rodgers will be reporting for duty this August 23 on SEC Network’s sports and news information show “SEC Now.” Rodgers revealed that he spent the summer studying in preparation for the football season.
He and “The Bachelorette” player, JoJo Fletcher, are still engaged.