"So it would have to be something where I also felt like I was also growing creatively outside of ESPN Radio, some other entities, something else in television where I'm going, 'I'm really, really growing here.' I don't know if that was going to happen".
Though Russillo will be moving on and contract negotiations stalled, he said he's not upset about the decision either he or ESPN made. He'll continue to do podcasts for ESPN until his contract expires next year.
Per the ESPN release, Russillo was offered a contract extension but he chose to turn it down.
In a statement, ESPN senior vice president of audio Traug Keller said Friday will mark Russillo's final show on ESPN Radio but that the host will stick around through next summer to host a weekly podcast. Ryen has been a signature voice for ESPN Audio for more than a decade, also contributing to other ESPN platforms with his work on the National Basketball Association, college football and more. When Van Pelt moved full-time to "SportsCenter" last April, Russillo was paired with college football analyst Danny Kanell, who was laid off in April.
Following the announcement, Scott Van Pelt, his former radio co-host, tweeted out support for Russillo going forward.
What's next for Russillo remains unclear, but a possible landing spot for the host could be at Barstool Sports.
Police found Russillo "highly intoxicated" and naked in a condo.
ESPN keeps making headlines for the wrong reasons in recent weeks.