Fox Sports, Prime Video NFL Host Charissa Thompson Addresses Sideline Report Fabrication Remarks

By A.J. Katz 

Charissa Thompson, a Fox Sports and Amazon Prime Video Thursday Night Football studio host, addressed a statement she recently made about occasionally making up reports when working as an NFL sideline reporter earlier in her career.

Speaking on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast, which was released last Wednesday, Thompson admitted to fabricating on-air reports. A sports television sideline reporter’s job is to deliver information he or she has received from players and coaches throughout the game to provide additional color for the game broadcasts.

“I haven’t been fired for saying it, but I’ll say it again, I would make up the report sometimes because, A, the coach wouldn’t come out at half-time or it was too late and I was like, I didn’t want to screw up the report, so I was like, ‘I’m just gonna make this up,’” Thompson told Pardon My Take.


She added, “No coach is gonna get mad if I say, ‘Hey, we need to stop hurting ourselves, we need to be better on third down, we need to stop turning the ball over and do a better job of getting off the field. Like, they’re not gonna correct me on that. I’m like, it’s fine, I’ll just make up the report.”

Thompson addressed her comments on Friday via an Instagram post:

Thompson is currently a studio host for Fox Sports’ NFL Kickoff program, which airs Sunday mornings on Fox, as well as for Amazon Prime Video’s Thursday Night Football coverage. However, she worked as an NFL sideline reporter for Fox Sports earlier in her career — during the late 2000s.

Her remarks were widely criticized by fellow TV sports journalists. Here are reactions from some of the top sideline reporters in the TV sports business.