NBC made the announcement during its primetime Olympics show Friday. Taylor had been with ESPN since 2014 but her contract expired Tuesday. Her last assignment for the network was Tuesday night at the NBA Finals, where she was the pregame and postgame host for the network’s NBA Countdown show.
Nichols returned to the air three days after audio emerged of her talking about a Black colleague, Maria Taylor. The saga is sparking new questions about ESPN’s record on race and diversity.