Erin Andrews may now be best known for her work with ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, but for college football fans she’ll always be an ESPN College GameDay co-anchor and popular sideline reporter who drew all the big assignments during her time with the Worldwide Leader.
During a recent interview with author James Andrew Miller during the Origins podcast, GameDay analyst Desmond Howard took fans behind the scenes during the Andrews era on the GameDay set, which lasted from 2010-12.
Near the 54-minute mark of the podcast, Howard recalled being caught off guard by the Hollywood flavor of Andrews’ behavior in meetings, which he hints may have gotten under the skin of Lee Corso at times.
“It was my first time working with Erin, so I didn’t know what to expect,” Howard, who has been with the show since 2005, recalled of Andrews’ arrival. “And I didn’t know what the expectations were of her for the show, so I just kind of went with the flow. As long as those guys were happy with her contribution to the show, so be it. I think that in the meetings she had some stuff going on with Dancing with the Stars or whatever, so she was kinda into that Hollywood scene. I remember one time we were in a meeting and she was talking about Perez Hilton and I was looking at [Kirk] Herbstreit and I was like, ‘Who is that? Is that Paris Hilton’s sibling? Who is this Perez Hilton?’
“But she was reading something from a Hollywood website and I would look at Corso, and Corso would have that old-man silence that was loud as hell. He would sit there, but his silence was deafening. I could tell this was working his nerves. You know what I’m saying? I was like, ‘OK, whatever’ because she has this Dancing with the Stars and Hollywood thing going on, but we were in there talking football and she was on that website.”
Andrews competed during Season 10 of Dancing with the Stars, taking third place in a months-long competition that concluded in May 2010. After leaving ESPN for FOX Sports, she returned to Dancing with the Stars as a co-host for Season 18 in 2014. She still serves in that role.
In the grand scheme of things, Andrews being into Hollywood gossip websites is not a huge deal and probably had little impact on her performance, but the imagery of Corso stewing over her reading through it instead of talking football while prepping on set can be humorous if you let your imagination run with it.