Sage Steele Says Her 2021 ESPN Interview With Joe Biden Was Scripted 'To the Word'

John Simmons | April 3, 2024
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Former ESPN anchor Sage Steele shared that her 2021 interview with President Joe Biden was completely scripted from beginning to end.

Steele, who now hosts “The Sage Steele Show,” held an interview with the Commander-in-Chief three years ago about fans returning to stadiums after the COVID pandemic. Instead of being a normal, relatively free-flowing interview, Steele said ESPN planned all the questions and told her to not deviate from the script.

"That was an interesting experience in its own right because it was so structured," Steele said in an interview with Fox News Digital. "And I was told, ‘You will say every word that we write out, you will not deviate from the script and go.’"

One of the several topics of discussion centered around athletes’ hesitancy to take the vaccine. But no matter what she talked about, ESPN executives predetermined what was going to happen.

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"To the word. Every single question was scripted, gone over dozens of times by many editors and executives. Absolutely. I was on script and was told not to deviate," Steele told Fox News Digital. "It was very much ‘This is what you will ask. This is how you will say it. No follow-ups, no follow-ups. Next.' … This went up to the fourth floor, as we said, where all the bosses, the top executives, the decision-makers are, the president of our company, the CEO, where they all worked."

That wasn’t the only strange part of the interview with Biden.

Last year, Steele went on Bill Maher’s “Club Random” podcast and said that Biden’s lack of mental acuity was on full display in their pre-interview chat. 

"It was satellite, it wasn't in person. We're having a technical issue. And so I had to, like, BS. I had to chitchat waiting for us to start rolling," Steele said. "Well, what he started to do, of course he has someone next to him and they keep a black, like, curtain over the lens of the camera, so you can't see him until the last second, but you can hear and we're chitchatting… So I can hear him and he goes, ‘What is this for?’… And he's, like, ‘Who am I talking to? Wait—what's her name?'"

She added that watching Biden struggle to be mentally present was “sad.”

Frankly, the same can be said about nearly everything that has happened in his presidency.

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