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Katie Nolan hired by ESPN

Nolan, the sports media personality who rose to fame with Fox Sports as the host of “Garbage Time.

Katie Nolan is headed to ESPN.

Nolan, the sports media personality who rose to fame with Fox Sports as the host of “Garbage Time,” has been hired by the Worldwide Leader, the network announced Wednesday.

The 30-year-old will join ESPN on Oct. 16 and will “appear across multiple platforms in a variety of projects,” the network said in a statement.

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“She will have a prominent digital presence while also making appearances across ESPN studio programming,” the release said. “Announcement regarding her specific assignments are forthcoming.”

Nolan recently asked Fox Sports for an early release from her contract, which was set to expire at the end of the year. She joined FS1 when it launched in 2013 as a co-host of “Crowd Goes Wild,” a short-lived daily show hosted by Regis Philbin.

Nolan then became the solo host of “Garbage Time,” which debuted in 2015 and won a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Social TV Experience in 2016.

A programming shake-up at Fox Sports 1 in February resulted in the cancellation of “Garbage Time,” with network executives saying they would make Nolan the face of FS1. But a bigger role never came, and Nolan had struggled to find air time over the following months.

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“Katie is smart, dynamic and brings to ESPN a fresh perspective and a great sense of humor,” ESPN executive vice president Connor Schell said in a statement. “She is a rare talent and will represent our brand incredibly well as we continue to expand across the digital space.”

Nolan didn’t wait very long to show ESPN her comedic side.

“I could not be more excited to have a prominent digital presence while also making appearances across ESPN studio programming,” she said in the statement. “When I was a little girl, I always dreamed that one day announcements regarding my specific assignments would be forthcoming.”

Though her upcoming role is unclear, there’s already some indication of where she won’t be.

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James Miller, the author of the ESPN’s oral history, “Those Guys Have All the Fun,” said last week that Nolan was offered a permanent role on Mike Greenberg’s upcoming new show, but turned it down.

Nolan has said she’d like to host a sports-centered late night talk show.

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