Veteran Fox Sports sideline reporter Erin Andrews admitted during a recent podcast that she had one “massive fear” going into live coverage of the upcoming Super Bowl LVII: that she would drop an “f-bomb” on the air.
Andrews discussed the issue with fellow Fox Sports reporter Charissa Thompson on their “Calm Down” podcast after a fan question sparked a conversation about staying calm on the sidelines when games got intense.
. @ErinAndrews biggest fear while on TV 😰 Accidentally dropping an F-Bomb 🤬😆@CharissaT @calmdownpodcast pic.twitter.com/IoAZeFajG9
— Calm Down with Erin and Charissa (@calmdownpodcast) January 29, 2023
“How do you keep from dropping the F-bomb during a game?” the fan asked, and Andrews immediately admitted that it was a concern of hers.
“It’s a massive fear — massive, massive,” she said.
Thompson was less worried, replying, “Really? I don’t even think about it on-air. That’s so interesting though. I say that now and I’ll probably do it.”
Turning back to Andrews, Thompson asked, “Have you ever done it on accident?”
“Oh my God, no. I am knocking on everything,” was Anderson’s reply.
Anderson has already begun preparing for her role in the upcoming game, as she will be reporting from the sidelines when the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs duke it out at State Farm Stadium in Arizona.
After much speculation — and after watching colleagues Troy Aikman and Joe Buck leave Fox Sports for ESPN — Anderson re-signed a new deal with Fox Sports.
“My deal was up in August. Fox came to me pretty much right away and just said, ‘We wanna keep you here,’” Andrews said at the time. “At that point, I was unaware of who I was gonna be doing the games with.”
She was initially slated to work with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady — who inked a deal with Fox Sports for after he retired from the game.
“We are pleased to announce that immediately following his playing career, 7-time Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady will be joining us at @FOXSports as our lead analyst,” the network announced in a tweet in May of 2022.
"We are pleased to announce that immediately following his playing career, 7-time Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady will be joining us at @FOXSports as our lead analyst. pic.twitter.com/fJTOQJ9BwM
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) May 10, 2022
“Excited, but a lot of unfinished business on the field with the @Buccaneers #LFG,” Brady replied.
Excited, but a lot of unfinished business on the field with the @Buccaneers #LFG https://t.co/FwKlQp02Hi
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) May 10, 2022