Say goodbye, WWE Universe — Charly Caruso is joining the Worldwide Leader In Sports on a full-time basis.
ESPN confirmed the news on Monday morning, revealing Charly (real name Charly Arnolt) will be joining the network on a full-time basis beginning in early April. The move is part of a new, multi-year contract extension with the network. Arnolt joined ESPN in September 2018 hosting select editions of First Take, SportsCenter updates and SportsCenter on Snapchat, which she will continue to do with the full-time role.
Arnolt will also regularly appear on ESPN+’s weekday morning show, SportsNation along with “other digital shows across the industry-leading sports streaming service as well.”
“It is so incredibly exciting to become a full-time member of the ESPN family,” said Arnolt in a press release. “I look forward to continuing to grow with such a talented group of professionals and I can’t wait for all the opportunities that lie ahead.”
David Roberts, ESPN senior vice president, production, added, “From radio and podcasts to TV and streaming, Charly continues to thrive across any platform she pursues. We are excited to have her join ESPN full time and interact with fans even more regularly across the network.”
Charly posted the following on Instagram after ESPN made the announcement:
How it started how it’s going!!
I am SO excited to announce I have accepted a full-time position with ESPN! It feels so rewarding to take this next step in my career with a company that has really fostered my growth, and given me a bounty of huge opportunities, since first bringing me on board in 2018.
(The first photo was my very first assignment for the company in Sept 2018 doing SportsCenter updates! Aww!! how far I’ve come!)
As I take this monumental next step in my career, I can’t do so without thanking so many of the people at WWE who I’ve spent the last nearly 5 years with. Thank you to those on and off camera who I had the chance to connect with not only professionally, but personally. Some true gems! And of course, thank you to the WWE Universe, a network of some of the most loyal fans in the world. I hope you all continue to stay in touch because your encouragement means everything! Lastly, thank you so very much to my family and friends who have believed in me and my dreams every step of the way. It’s been quite the journey! I love you all
All my love, Charly Arnolt FKA Charly Caruso
PWInsider.com reported on March 19 that Arnolt was done appearing on WWE programming and would leave the company once her current contract expired. It was noted that Caruso isn’t expected to make any new appearances on WWE TV and the company has already started to fill her various roles on television with other broadcast personalities. According to Fightful, Caruso was pulled from WWE television due to having backstage heat.