For the first time since ESPN's "Mike & Mike in the Morning" show ended on Nov. 17, Mike Golic opened up about the controversial split from his co-host Mike Greenberg after appearing on-air together for over 18 years.
Golic said that he was not expecting the two to break up and he felt "anger" and "disappointment" with his bosses when they told him of their plans to give them each their own show.
"I had no clue. Zero. When I went into see the bosses, I thought it was to talk about the next deal since our contracts were ending. We had talked the previous year about moving the show to New York and I thought maybe it was about that," Golic said, per The Coloradoan. Instead, they told me the show was going to end and that Greenie was going to do a show in New York and I was going to do a show with my son."
Golic did not understand why the network wanted to end something that was still seeing so much success, but ESPN told the 54-year-old that they believed both of their new shows would perform well.
"When I told them I thought it was a huge mistake and didn't understand why they were taking something so successful and breaking it up, their thought was both shows would be successful," Golic said. "I almost feel like you are splitting face cards at a blackjack table. You have a winning hand, why are you risking that?"
While it did come as a surprise to Golic, it was no secret that tensions were often high between the two hosts. Golic did not go into any details about the conversation he had with Greenberg when he found out about the network's plans, saying that's between ESPN and Greenberg to disclose.
"I will never get into more locker room stuff, but it was awkward. We had to work through some things, but I will leave it at that. My line has been it's not my story to tell," Golic said. "It's management and Greenie's story to get into the particulars if they want. I'm not going into that. But Greenie and I are fine now."
Even though Golic says the two are "fine," they were never really friends off the air.
"People think that we did the show for 18 years and hung out all the time. I remember Greenie saying years ago that he thought it would be better that we didn’t hang out," Golic said. "We never had a ton in common anyway so we were not in a position to see each other socially anyway."
The next chapter of Golic's career will begin rather quickly as his new show is set to air on Nov. 27 with Trey Wingo.
Greenberg's new show "Get Up" was originally scheduled to air on Jan. 1, but due to construction delays of building the new studio in New York, it's not expected to air until spring 2018.