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McEnroe To Host CNBC Show
Photo By Cynthia Lum By Tennis Week
John McEnroe was known for making news during his playing days, and now he'll be commenting on the news as the host**of a new primetime program. The man who coined the phrase "you cannot be serious" is prepared to get serious, spontaneous and humorous. CNBC announced it has hired the multi-talented McEnroe to host the one-hour show that will debut in the spring.
Airing nightly at 10 p.m., the news show will feature McEnroe serving as lead host of an ensemble team which together will provide an unpredictable and spontaneous look at the stories making headlines.
"I'm looking forward to my new show with CNBC," McEnroe said in a statement. "We've designed it to be both serious and fun, to be able to jump on news or cover on-going topics, and still have many surprises and create havoc when necessary."
The human-headline maker made news this week with the revelation that he unknowingly took steroids for a six-year period of his playing career.
In addition to his hosting duties, the 44-year-old McEnroe will also serve as co-executive producer with his agent, Gary Swain, and the newly created talk show will be taped at CNBC's global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.
"Throughout his career, as a player, broadcaster and author, John has been known for his unique perspective, outspokenness, blunt honesty and unpredictability — all of the qualities that this new show will bring to CNBC's new primetime programming," CNBC CEO and president Pamela Thomas-Graham said. "John and the ensemble's non-traditional approach to the news will be entertaining, unusual and the topic of conversation the next day."
In his youth, the seven-time Grand Slam champion was tennis' raging rebel. Today, he may be the game's voice of reason. A member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the three-time Wimbledon winner is one of only two men (Stefan Edberg is the other) to hold the top-ranking in singles and doubles simultaneously. At his best, McEnroe played with a profound brilliance that confounded opponents and saw him produce a career that includes 17 Grand Slam singles, doubles and mixed doubles championships, five Davis Cup crowns and a combined 154 singles and doubles titles.
He is one of tennis' most complex, contradictory and charismatic characters and his post-tennis career has seen him achieve great success as McEnroe has become a multimedia maven who is a highly-respected commentator, best-selling author, owns an art gallery, contributes occasional columns to newspapers and plays guitar with his band in his spare time. McEnroe's autobiography "You Cannot Be Serious", reached the top of the New York Times' best seller list and was a No. 1 best seller in the United Kingdom as well. He has been nominated for several Emmy Awards for his sometime stream-of-consciousness tennis commentary for NBC, CBS and USA Network. While some players have been sensitive to McEnroe's candid criticism, he has developed a fan following for his bold, blunt style and has become a popular presence for his work for the BBC during Wimbledon.
As part of the tennis trinity that included his primary rivals, Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors, McEnroe helped popularize the game in the late 1970s and early 80s. While his sense of humor has helped temper his volatile temper as he's matured, McEnroe has retained his powerful passion for tennis.
"I'm a father and I feel I'm a more mature person now," McEnroe told Tennis Week in a past interview. "And people can see that and relate to it. To be perfectly honest, tennis was considered an elitist, upper class sort of sissy sport when I was growing up. I wanted to try to help bring tennis to regular people because it's a great sport. In some ways, we haven't succeeded enough in doing that."