ESPN layoffs hit Dan Le Batard Show: ‘No, absolutely not’

The latest round of ESPN layoffs has hit the “Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz.”

Longtime producer Chris Cote was the lone staff member of the program to lose his job. Cote, 33, had been with the show since 2012, and been a full-time ESPN employee since 2012, making frequent on-air appearances as a member of the “Shipping Container.”

“I’m saddened to announce that I was part of the ESPN layoffs that took place last week,” Cote tweeted Sunday. “I’m forever grateful for the genuinely good people I got to know and work with over the last 5 years. It goes without saying but I can’t thank ESPN management and the entire @Lebatardshow family enough for all the opportunities they have given me. Stay tuned for what’s next.”

Many of his ESPN mates expressed their dismay at the news, with Katie Nolan taking it hard.

“NO. ABSOLUTELY NOT,” she tweeted in response to Cote.

As one of countless companies hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, ESPN is laying off roughly 300 employees and leaving another 200 open positions unfilled. The cuts largely affected off-air jobs.

“I’m glad it was me and nobody else from the show,” Cote told the Miami Herald on Sunday.

Cote will continue to be a producer and on-air contributor to the “Greg Cote Show” podcast hosted by his father.

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