Maria Taylor Tapped As ‘Football Night In America’ Host

She succeeds Mike Tirico in the role.

Maria Taylor has officially been named the new host of NBC’s NFL pregame show Football Night in America.

Succeeding Mike Tirico, the famed broadcaster joined NBC Sports last summer and was a co-host of the program last year.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, in addition to her new role at NBC, Taylor is producing an eight-part documentary series on the history of Black quarterbacks in the NFL, which is slated to stream on Peacock.

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Taylor’s ascension at NBC has been a quick one as she’s one of the network’s highest-profile sports personalities. So far, she’s covered the Tokyo Olympics, Beijing Winter Olympics, as well as the pregame show during this year’s Super Bowl. While at ESPN, Taylor served as a host and reporter, working the NFL Draft and NBA finals.

“Maria is the perfect choice to carry the legacy forward of anchoring the most-watched studio show in sports,” NBC Sports executive producer Sam Flood said in a statement, according to THR.

Football Night in America is one of the most-watched programs in the country, averaging more than seven million viewers last season.

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