– In the video above, John Cena reflects on hosting the ESPYs. He noted that it was a “nerve wracking” experience with a tough crowd, and talked about the powerful messages delivered at the start of the show. He talked about roasting athletes during the opening monologue, and said that he hopes that no one took it too seriously. Cena also talked about introducing Vice President Joe Biden on the broadcast, who presented the Jimmy V Perseverance Award to reporter Craig Sager, who battled cancer. Cena said that it was “personally satisfying,” and said that it speaks volumes about Sager and what the ESPYs mean.
– While Cena has been getting great reviews for his job hosting the show, the numbers were down significantly from last year. According to ShowBuzz Daily, Wednesday’s three-hour broadcast averaged 5.6 million viewers, a 27% drop from the 7.7 million viewers that the awards show averaged last year.