Good for Erin Andrews.
No really, I mean it.
She's finally doing the kind of things I said she should be a long time ago, and making the kind of money somebody on TV who is as hot as she is should be making.
The latest news of Erin's skyrocketing career arc, is that she'll be working the Oscars with Robin Roberts on ABC tonite.
To quote Jim Carrey in The Mask: "Smmmmmmmoookin!"
"But wait a minute, Czabe," you ask "weren't you the #1 Consipiracy Theorist when peephole-gate broke with her?"
Yes, yes I was. But I want to remind everyone of an important distinction on that front.
My take was always this: I felt there was no way some random perv could get video like this. I thought most decent hotels had security measures to prevent it, and that you couldn't just pop out a peephole that easily. I thought timing EA's dressing routine was too difficult and dangerous. I also thought her curling her hair buck nekkid (and not with perhaps, a bra and panties on) was highly suspicious.
My alternate theory was that a boyfriend had taken fake "peephole" footage because it turned him on, and that he somehow emailed the footage to a buddy, and it went viral. Instead of admitting it, EA cooked up a story of a peephole perv, to lessen embarassment and protect her (only) job at ESPN.
Then, they caught the guy.
Okay. I was wrong.
Some people went further, like my producer Solly, who felt all along she CREATED this video to help boost her career. I admire his deep cynicism, but its hard to believe a dude is actually in JAIL just to help carry out this elaborate lie.
It doesn't mean however, that it wouldn't have been possible for someone like EA to do just that. In fact, look at how proven the method has become. Random hottie + sex tape = low-level celebrity. Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, Kendra Wilkinson.... and these won't be the last.
So if you look at EA's career SINCE the perv went peephole on her, it's been on fire.
- New contract with ESPN, her own show on College GameDay.
- Dancing With the Stars
- Endorsement deal with Reebok
- Appearance on the Oscars on ABC
And good for her. I'm not going to say her ordeal was "the best thing to happen to her" or that it was "worth it." But hey, she's making the most of it.
And yeah, good for her.
Is she some kind of ground breaking sports announcer? No. But she's as good as any other woman in the field, and lest I remind us men: she's really easy on the eyes!