That’s A Wrap: Bryant Gumbel And HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Air Their Last Episode After 29 Years

The monthly sports magazine helmed by Bryant Gumbel is calling it quits in its 29th year. The final, 90-minute episode premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET. Gumbel is 75, at the end of a contract, and HBO is now controlled by a company, Warner Bros. Discovery, on the hunt for cost savings. While the show’s exit makes sense, the fear is that a form of sports journalism is leaving for good, too.

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Bryant Gumbel Blasts Sports Journalism

Bryant Gumbel took aim at sports journalism in general during a panel for HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” at the Television Critics Association on Thursday, slamming much of sports coverage as “terribly sycophantic. We tend to not ask the same difficult questions of people in sports that we do of politicians or business people or even people in the entertainment industry.”

NBC’s ‘Today’ Returns To Its Glory Days

NBC’s morning show brought back Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley for a one-day nostalgia turn as co-hosts today along with current host Matt Lauer. NBC hoped the trio’s easy camaraderie enticed viewers. After a well-publicized tumble last year, the show runs second in the ratings to ABC’s Good Morning America. Pauley, who does occasional reports for the show, left as host in 1989 while Gumbel gave way to Lauer in 1997.

Gumbel, Pauley Set To Return To ‘Today’

Former NBC morning show anchors Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley will reunite with Matt Lauer on Dec. 30.