Bill Simmons Breaks Free: His “F—ing Sh**ty” ESPN Exit, Who Courted Him and Details of His HBO Show | Hollywood Reporter

Lacey Rose writing for the Hollywood Reporter:

Bill Simmons is mere weeks away from launching the most high-profile phase of his professional career — his very own HBO talk show to complement a recently launched website and an already popular podcast. But on this springtime afternoon, the 46-year-old sportswriter turned multimedia juggernaut sits slouched in his Los Angeles office, unable to pull himself out of the past.

Specifically, May 8, 2015, the day the world fell on top of him.

I didn’t know much about Bill Simmons before reading this profile, but I really like him now! Bill is opinionated, and doesn’t back down even when it meant being fired by ESPN. I’m eagerly awaiting his new show on HBO.