Mike Milbury Out as NBC Hockey Analyst Following Comment About Women

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The analyst came under fire last summer after a sexist comment he made during a game.

Mike Milbury is no longer with NBC Sports after more than a decade as a hockey analyst.

Milbury was absent Monday when the network unveiled the game and studio commentary lineup for the 2021 NHL season. "We are grateful to Mike for all of his contributions to our coverage for 14 years," NBC Sports said in a statement cited by ESPN. "But he will not be returning to our NHL announce team. We wish him well."

Milbury made headlines last August during the Stanley Cup Playoffs after a sexist comment during a game. At one point, the network commentators were talking about advantages of the playoff bubble amid the pandemic, NBC Sports co-host Brian Boucher saying, “If you think about it, it’s a terrific environment with regard to — if you enjoy playing and enjoy being with your teammates for long periods of time, it’s a perfect place." Milbury replied, “Not even any woman here to disrupt your concentration." The comment was met with severe backlash on social media.

Milbury stepped away from his duties for the remainder of the postseason and apologized for the remark. “I sincerely apologize for making the comment. It was not my intention to disrespect anyone. I was trying to be irreverent and took it a step too far. It was a regrettable mistake that I take seriously," he said in a statement then.

The NHL made it clear at the time it was also not pleased.

"The National Hockey League condemns the insensitive and insulting comment made by Mike Milbury during last night's broadcast, and we have communicated our feelings to NBC," the statement read. "The comment did not reflect the NHL's values and commitment to make our game more inclusive and welcoming to all."