ESPN Defends Hiring Jordan Rodgers Despite 'Bachelorette' Fame
ESPN is defending their hire of The Bachelorette‘s Jordan Rodgers.
If you didn’t know, the 27-year-old former quarterback scored a job at the SEC ESPN Network earlier in the summer.
“Our talent office had Jordan on their radar for some time. His name was in the initial group of names that we discussed when looking at people to bring to Charlotte (the SEC Network home) for auditions. He played at Vanderbilt. He played quarterback. 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,” ESPN Senior Vice President Stephanie Druley told SportsIllustrated.com. “We waited until the show was a few weeks into its run before we made an offer. He accepted the offer the day I was in an airport and saw US Weekly with him splashed across the cover. Thankfully, the article didn’t live up to the headline nor did a lot of other ones I read, and I’m certain that I read about 90% of what was written because I was vested in what it’d mean for the work he’d do with us. But the fact that my group had spent time with Jordan made us confident in the decision.”