“I’m OK. I’m hurt. I’m crestfallen,” Molly Sullivan told Philly.com. “It took less than a minute to be told I’m no longer part of the process.”
By Julie Glass
Sixers sideline reporter Molly Sullivan lost her job on Monday when NBC Sports Philly pulled the plug on her six-year career.
She wasn’t given much of an explanation.
The network decided to move in a “new direction” and was streamlining its Sixers coverage.
“This was more than just an assignment for me. I’m genuinely upset and taken aback,” Sullivan said. “I thought I would be here for a long time.”
NBC Sports Philly wished Sullivan “the best in her next chapter” in a statement and confirming that longtime play-by-play announcer Marc Zumoff and analyst Alaa Abdelnaby would return to call Sixers games next season.
Scott O’Neil, the CEO of the Sixers, was among those who weighed in on social media about the network’s decision. O’Neil, who joined the Sixers in July 2013, wrote that he appreciated Sullivan’s approach to covering the team, which produced “honest, filled with high integrity and entertaining content.”
“I was in the trenches with these guys since day one of ‘The Process,’” Sullivan said. “I know people will move on, but this is my life, and I considered the Sixers an extension of my family.”