How a photo shoot sabotaged Lisa Guerrero’s ‘MNF’ dream

Lisa Guerrero had heard the phrase time and time once more: “You are the luckiest lady in sports activities.” But that could not be farther from the reality for the previous “Monday Night Football” reporter.

In a new excerpt from her memoir, “Warrior: My Path to Being Brave,” Guerrero — who has been candid in regards to the suicidal ideas she endured following her attempting season on the printed — detailed how the lead-up to her 2003 debut went off the rails within the wake of a photo shoot.

“I’d completed a photo shoot for ‘FHM,’ a males’s life-style journal, which was scheduled to run initially of the soccer season,” the 58-year-old Guerrero shared in an excerpt revealed Wednesday by Sports Illustrated. “This had been a strategic choice to advertise my model and lift my profile whereas I used to be at ‘Best Damn’ (‘The Best Damn Sports Show Period’). But when the media obtained wind of the images of me clad in black-and-white lingerie, it bolstered their notion that I’d been employed on ‘Monday Night Football’ for all of the mistaken causes.”


Lisa Guerrero seems on the sidelines in September 2003.
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Guerrero alleged that when the Disney execs came upon in regards to the shoot, “they have been irate,” and claimed that she “wasn’t the picture they wished for his or her family-friendly broadcast.” Guerrero additionally felt the “Monday Night Football” executives “actually did not know what they wished [her] to be.”

“They feigned shock over the photo shoot…but after listening to about it, the publicity division tried to barter for me to be on the ‘FHM’ cowl,” she wrote.

Furthermore, Guerrero alleged that promotional images for “Monday Night Football” had been altered to function a look from her previous.


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FHM journal initiatives photos of “Monday Night Football” reporter Lisa Guerrero.
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“I posed in a powder-blue blazer subsequent to Al [Michaels] and John [Madden]. Yet the images that made the reduce, together with on a Times Square billboard, weren’t from that official ABC photo shoot. Instead, with out my permission, they superimposed a photo — by which I wore a gold-sequined tube prime and a come-hither look — that was taken from a modeling gig I had completed years earlier,” she acknowledged.

Guerrero spent one season on the “Monday Night Football” group earlier than she was let go. During that season, by which she was subjected to an onslaught of media ridicule, Guerrero suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage.

“People who knew what was occurring with [my boss] Freddie [Gaudelli] and who learn how I used to be being handled within the media already checked out me with such pity,” Guerrero stated in an excerpt revealed by People final week.


Lisa Guerrero
Lisa Guerrero
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“I used to be a shell of myself. And I felt such disgrace and embarrassment that the very last thing I used to be going to say is, ‘Oh, and by the way in which, I simply had a miscarriage.’ Most of my finest associates will study it by studying the e-book,” she continued, including the harrowing ordeal “was a end result of your entire season of negativity and cruelty.”

In a assertion to The Post, Gaudelli responded to the alleged evaluation of how he handled Guerrero.

“I at all times tried to be Lisa’s greatest advocate, ranging from the second that I employed her,” Gaudelli stated. “Her reminiscence of that season and mine are fairly completely different. This is the primary time I’m studying about her being pregnant, and I’m sorry that she struggled by means of that troublesome time with out the total help of the group surrounding her.

“I unequivocally disagree with Lisa’s account of the character of my interactions along with her. That’s not how I recall our time collectively throughout her tenure at MNF, and it makes me very unhappy.”


Lisa Guerrero steps out in February 2020.
Lisa Guerrero steps out in February 2020.
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In the years since her “Monday Night Football” expertise, Guerrero’s star has continued to rise. Now at “Inside Edition,” Guerrero instructed The Post in 2021 how a lot her present function means to her.

“I get up and pinch myself day by day,” she stated on the time. “I can not imagine I get to chase dangerous guys day by day for a residing. I get to make a distinction in individuals’s lives and I get to make change occur. I get to be a sufferer’s advocate.”

“Warrior” was launched on Tuesday.

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