Tony Reali, who has appeared on Pardon the Interruption since its debut in 2001, is leaving the program to cover social media for Good Morning America. Reali, who was introduced to ESPN viewers as "Stat Boy" 13 years ago, will relocate to New York where he'll continue to host the PTI lead-in, Around the Horn.
The 35-year-old signed a four-year deal extension to host ATH and contribute to ABC's top-rated morning show. He'll move from Washington, D.C. later this year.
Reali was a fact checker on PTI in the premiere episode. Later, as his "Stat Boy" name was phased out, he had more responsibilities, including hosting segments such as Oddsmakers. This is the clip from Reali's PTI debut.
"There's no other way to put it — it feels like you're leaving the nest," Reali told The Hollywood Reporter about leaving the show with Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon. "It's where I got my start. I owe so much to them. They've been mentors."
In 2004, Reali expanded his role to hosting PTI's companion program. He'll now split time with Good Morning America as the show continues its battle for morning ratings supremacy with Today. Reali's contributing gig will include appearing in the "Social Square," which will engage viewers online, THR reports.
"Tony brings great energy, passion and creativity to his work, and he's a big reason forAround the Horn's success the past 10 years," ESPN executive vice president, production John Wildhack said in a statement. "We're pleased he will continue as host of this signature ESPN show and have the chance to do even more as a contributor to ABC on GMA."