Forget “Survivor.” What we want to know is who’ll survive the “Monday Night Football” cut? Rush Limbaugh? Ex-coach Jimmy Jones? Um, Dennis Miller?!?! Yup, smug comic Dennis Miller, of HBO’s self-titled, self-satisfied talk show, is among those rumored to be up for a seat in ABC’s primetime sports show. The network will unveil its picks for the revamped “MNF” today in an afternoon press conference at 5 p.m. (EDT).
The Web site NFLtalk.com is reporting that Miller is a lock for the gig. But to a San Diego, Calif., radio station this morning, the “Saturday Night Live” alum professed to know nothing about a deal.
Radio host Limbaugh, meanwhile, is thought to be out of the picture after an early run as a wildcard pick.
Other possibles: Retired Miami Dolphins (and Dallas Cowboys) head coach Jimmy Johnson and the requisite ex-jock Dan Fouts.
Following a lackluster ratings year, ABC canned Boomer Esiason from the “MNF” booth and promised to pair play-by-play guy Al Michaels with more Howard Cosell-esque personalities.