He went back for a special edition in 2004, but after his initial stint he went on to host The Daily Show until 1998.
Eventually John Stewart would replace him as anchor, but Kilborn did manage to make it back for a special appearance when John Stewart retired.
“He liked sports, but at a certain point and time he was going to move on. He wanted a career that didn’t necessarily match up with ESPN and ‘Sports Center.'”It was a similar story at “The Daily Show.” Kilborn was a hit right out of the box and put the network on the map in late night, but behind the scenes he wanted more say in the production.While Jon Stewart has since taken “The Daily Show” into another stratosphere with his biting political commentary, Kilborn’s old executive producer feels the original host was often underappreciated.He felt that he’d done what he’d come to do and at that point in his career nothing had seemed to be especially interesting.Eventually he came back with an idea for a show called The Kilborn File, but after a six-week showing it was cancelled and Kilborn simply bowed out of Hollywood altogether save for cameos now and again.Before Kilborn, nobody probably thought to use “Jumanji” for a slam dunk highlight. Since then, Kilborn has largely vanished back into nothingness aside from the small guest roles here and there mentioned above.
Kilborn had a very unique air about him compared to other Sports Center anchors. The last year of Google News searches for Kilborn’s name only show entries about his replacements (Craig Ferguson and Jon Stewart) and similarly themed articles speculating about his disappearance from the national stage.Many believe he should have never left The Daily Show or ESPN, but as it’s already been explained he didn’t care for the direction that the writers wished to go.The Late Late Show was perhaps one of the reasons why he became disillusioned with the Hollywood experience, as the writing staff was often blamed for the shortcomings of the show and the lackluster way that Kilborn reacted.But then, for some reason, his career just went down the tubes and eventually he left Hollywood for good.How Craig Kilborn Started After doing several small jobs as a local sports anchor he went on to ESPN to anchor for three years.That person is none other than Stewart’s predecessor – Craig Kilborn.