The Mannings must be picky with who they want on TV.
Peyton and Eli Manning are set to host 10 alternative “Monday Night Football” broadcasts for the next three seasons and won’t have a permanent third person with them on the show. They will instead have different guests appear with them, according to Front Office Sports.
Sports media personalities Mina Kimes and Kyle Brandt both auditioned for the potential role but were not selected, as first reported by Sports Illustrated and confirmed by The Post’s Andrew Marchand.
Kimes has been with ESPN since 2014, appearing on a number of of the network’s top offerings, including “Around the Horn” and “NFL Live.” Kyle Brandt has been a mainstay on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football,” the last five years.
“The Mannings are the stars of this show. As brothers they have a natural chemistry. It’s hard to just become a part of that family history,” a source told Front Office Sports of the show’s format.
“It’s supposed to be free-wheeling and unstructured. It will be like you’re sitting at the bar watching the game with the Mannings.”
As reported in July, Peyton’s deal with ESPN is exclusive and though he was sought after by other outlets, he cannot call NFL games for any other network while under contract.
The “MegaCast” Manning show will air on ESPN2 with the possibility of it also streaming on ESPN+. The brothers will not be traveling to games but will host their broadcast virtually from remote locations.
The Mannings will host the first three “MNF” games of the year — which starts with Ravens-Raiders on Sept. 13 — and then seven other weeks.
Originally published at https://nypost.com/2021/08/31/mannings-will-not-use-host-during-monday-night-football-show/ on .