Paul Finebaum left in the middle of his show Tuesday, but a source told SEC Country he was expected to be fine.
Finebaum appeared ill during his SEC Network show, having trouble speaking and acting very subdued. He was eventually replaced, without explanation, by his usual substitute, Peter Burns.
The ESPN host had returned from break and appeared to struggle through reading a headline about Oregon football before going silent. His producers then jumped in to comment on the story.
Finebaum cut in again, taking a call from Jim in Tuscaloosa. However, he simply let the caller talk instead of responding with any commentary. Before Jim was done speaking, Finebaum cut him off and said the show was going to break.
SEC Network returned from break with some recorded clips from Monday’s show. When the show went live again, it was Burns behind the desk. Burns did not comment on why Finebaum left.
Awful Announcing has collected some clips from the show, which can be seen at the link below.
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) January 17, 2017
Many people tweeted support for Finebaum, hoping everything was alright with the popular host:
Yeesh. Hope @finebaum is doing alright.
— Matt Riva (@mattriva) January 17, 2017
Paul Finebaum is a national treasure. I hope he gets well soon. https://t.co/xtMeMcXS3F
— Greg Garrison (@greg_garrison) January 17, 2017
— Marc Torrence (@marctorrence) January 17, 2017
— Jason (@badaustin) January 17, 2017
— Alan Blinder (@alanblinder) January 17, 2017