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Eight Emmy Awards Taken from Kirk Herbstreit Due to ESPN’s Fake Name Fiasco

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ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit was one of many personalities to receive an Emmy Award for a category he wasn’t eligible for due to a fake name scandal.

Herbstreit recently spoke about the situation on the Pat McAfee Show and outlined the process that resulted in eight awards being taken from his house in Nashville.


“When College GameDay or any of these shows win an Emmy, when the show does, I was naive to the whole thing. I thought the people on the set would get an Emmy,” Herbstreit said. “So all these years, I didn’t know what was going on. I just thought, ‘Hey, this finally came. Where’s this been?’ Stuck it on the mantle and moved on.”

Herbstreit was unaware of ESPN’s scandal at the time but later was informed that he was not supposed to be the recipient of the awards as they were supposed to go to different members of the show.

“Two years ago, they said, ‘That was not supposed to go to you guys on the set, so we’ve got to take them all back.’ And I was like, ‘Well, I’m not in my house in Nashville. You’re going to have to go get them,’” Herbstreit stated. “And they were like, ‘Okay. No problem.’ They went down and got them and took 8 of my 13 of them out of the house.”

Since then, a rule change has been enacted that will legally allow Herbstreit and other members of the media on set to receive the specific awards.

“I think after that they changed the rule, if GameDay wins one, I think guys like me, you, Des, Rece, and coach, we legally get one now,” Herbstreit said. “I think technically it’s our ninth, but it’s the first one we can actually have in our house.”

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