SportsCenter Commercial Star John Clayton Has Reportedly Left ESPN

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SportsCenter Commercial Star John Clayton Has Reportedly Left ESPN

ESPN has been laying people off, and one of the biggest names in the layoff is the iconic commercial star, John Clayton. 

After 23 long years of contributing to ESPN as a senior NFL writer, John is now leaving ESPN, and he took over his official Twitter to address this.

Despite being named in the recent round of 100 or so layoffs at ESPN, he left held no grudges and said that his bosses and co-workers were the best.

Apart from saying that and thanking everyone, he refrained from providing any other statements to the media. 

Caption: Gary Holt, John Clayton and Kerry King at a Slayer Show.

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The layoff, however, only affects John's roles on TV and at, and as per reports, he will continue broadcasting his ESPN radio program that airs in Seattle because ESPN radio affiliates are independently owned.

He also addressed this on Twitter.

He formerly worked as a beat reporter covering the Pittsburgh Steelers and then the Seattle Seahawks before jumping to ESPN. He was also inducted into the writer’s wing of the "Pro Football Hall of Fame" in the class of 2007.

John Clayton is also best known for starring in one of the most memorable TV commercials of all time, "This is SportsCenter" and that is when he made his ponytail famous.

Caption: John Clayton stars in "This Is Sportscenter" commercial in 2012 (Published on Sep 9, 2012)
Furthermore, ESPN is not the only broadcasting media laying people off as The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has also laid off respected NFL writer Charean Williams and Dwain Price, the NBA writer. The two also took over social medias to address it.

This could indicate some shift in the broadcasting world.