Bernie Goldberg Says Bryant Gumbel Remark Led Him to Quit HBO’s Real Sports: Didn’t Want to Be on Show Whose Host Thinks ‘Racism is Everywhere’

Earlier this year, Bernard Goldberg quietly departed HBO’s Real Sports without much fanfare after more than two decades on the program. In recent months, Goldberg amplified his quiet exit, trashing the show and now blaming his departure on host Bryant Gumbel.

In his column for, the former Real Sports contributor recalled the show’s year-end roundtable on HBO last December. Goldberg pointed to a specific comment from Gumbel during the discussion that made him realize he no longer wanted to be a Real Sports contributor.

“I told the show’s host, Bryant Gumbel, that I recently tuned in to watch a National Hockey League playoff game and heard a player, at a pre-game ceremony, say that, ‘racism is everywhere,’”
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