Tom Werner: Jenny Dell, NESN ‘moving on’ from each other
|02.20.14 at 11:25 am ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Jenny Dell saga is coming to an end on NESN.
Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, who oversees all of NESN’s on-air operations, acknowledged Thursday morning that Dell has decided to pursue other opportunities outside of the sports cable franchise after she and Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks acknowledged on New Year’s Eve that they were in a relationship.
There was immediately much speculation that Dell and NESN would and should part ways.
Dell was taken off the Red Sox beat by NESN in January. On Thursday, Werner broke the news that Dell, despite still working for the company, would prefer to get a job somewhere else.
“I think that we talked about it internally because I think Jenny is a terrific reporter,” Werner said. “I think we came to the conclusion, and Jenny came to the same conclusion, that it would be a distraction for her to be a reporter. So, she’s moving on.
“It wasn’t sort of a black-and-white decision because [she could] divorce her personal life from being a professional. But we decided that in the end it would be better to move on and not have it be a distraction. She’s looking for other opportunities. Nothing’s been set but I think she’s looking for other opportunities. We’ve offered her other positions at NESN, whether she wanted to be an anchor or on an evening show or do other stuff.
Dell was hired before the 2012 season to replace Heidi Watney as the team’s sideline reporter, covering the team on NESN for the entire season. Werner was asked if Dell is free and clear of any contractual obligations.
“Yes, she is,” Werner replied.
As for another NESN talent, Werner said the team is welcoming back Jerry Remy with open arms. Remy, who will return to broadcasts this spring, took a leave of absence from the team in mid-August last year and did not return after his son Jared was charged with murdering his girlfriend, and mother of his child, in Waltham.
“What we said to Jerry at the time was that we just offered him our support after the tragedy,” Werner said. “We said to him, ‘There’s a place for you if and when you come back. This is going to be a very personal decision but you have a home here at NESN if and when you feel it’s appropriate to come back.’ We’re delighted he’s back. I know that he’s very mindful of the tragedy but I think he’s excited about returning to the booth.”
Here are some of the other relevant takeaways from Thursday’s Q&A with Werner:
Latest from Bleacher Report
- Betts Has Real Chance of Crashing AL MVP Party
- MLB Betting Preview: Red Sox vs. Orioles Odds, Analysis
- David Ortiz Injury: Updates on Red Sox Star's Foot
- Can Benintendi Be Pennant Race Difference-Maker?
- Updates on Red Sox Star Hanley Ramirez's Injury
- Andrew Benintendi Recalled from Double-a
- Fernando Abad to Red Sox
- Weekly Notes: Moncada, Devers, Tavarez nab postseason awards
- Cup of Coffee: Salem walks off, Downs homers
- Cup of Coffee: Groome impresses while Johnson falters
- Cup of Coffee: Dubon collects five hits, Chatham belts two homers
- Cup of Coffee: Dubon comes up clutch, Dalbec stays hot for Lowell
- Scouting Scratch: Mike Shawaryn and Shaun Anderson
- Cup of Coffee: LaMarre powers Pawtucket, Kopech whiffs 10
- After draft slide, Shawaryn regaining peak form in Lowell
- Cup of Coffee: Moncada shows off power and defense as he eyes the big leagues
- 2014 First-rounder Michael Chavis promoted to High A Salem