Road shows for ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption (Weekdays, 5:30 p.m. ET) are pretty rare. Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon co-hosted weekly Monday editions together from NFL stadiums when Kornheiser was on Monday Night Football from 2006-08. PTI originates almost exclusively from its studio location in Washington, D.C.
That all changes next week when Kornheiser and Wilbon travel to Arizona for a week’s worth of Super Bowl shows from ESPN’s broadcast location at Scottsdale Fashion Square.
Longtime PTI producer Matt Kelliher discusses the decision to bring the show on the road: “If we left it up to him, Tony would always choose the studio over being outside in the elements. Mike, on the other hand, loves being on location. We felt like 13 years was a long enough break from being at the Super Bowl – we went to New Orleans in January 2002, four months after the show launched, so we’re headed back. We’re excited to be there and, speaking for Tony, we hope there is no rain or wind or slightly chilly temperatures or sun in our eyes.”
In the video above, Wilbon, who lives in Scottsdale part of the year, tries to help Kornheiser plan his week in Arizona, which will hopefully include a meeting with their close friend, NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley.
Matt Kelliher and Chris Gavin contributed to this post.