Who is Rich Eisen?
Richard ‘Rich’ Eisen was born in Brooklyn, New York City USA, on 24 June 1969 – his zodiac sign is Cancer, and he holds American nationality. He’s a journalist and TV show host, who’s probably known best for the work which he’s done for the American sports pay TV NFL Network, especially for being the host of “The Rich Eisen Show”. It has been airing since 2014, today numbering more than 330 episodes, each of which is three hours long; the show also stars Joe Benigno and Chris Brockman, and follows Rich as he’s covering sports and interviewing celebrities.
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Early life and education
Rich was raised on Staten Island, New York City alongside his brother Jeff, by their father Joel Eisen who passed away in December 2019, and their mother Eveline Eisen; not a lot is known about Rich’s parents, as he respects their privacy, but it’s believed that his father was also a journalist, and that his mother was a high school teacher.
He became interested in sports journalism while attending a local high school, and although his father initially wanted him to become a sportsman, he still supported Rich’s passion for journalism. Upon matriculating in 1987, Rich enrolled at University of Michigan, and during his four years there was a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, and edited the university’s weekly student newspaper “The Michigan Daily”.
Rich graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990, then continued his education at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 1992, graduating with a Master of Science degree in journalism in 1994.
Between 1990 and 1993, Rich worked at the daily newspaper “Staten Island Advance” as a staff writer, then the years 1993 and 1994 saw him write for the daily newspaper “Chicago Tribune”.
In the second half of 1994, Rich launched his career as a sports anchor and reporter when hired to work for the ABC-affiliated TV station KRCR, a job for which he had to move to Redding in California.
Rich stayed at KRCR until he was invited to join ESPN in 1996, and he and the late American sportscaster Stuart Orlando Scott formed a duo who became very popular, especially for Rich’s sense of humor and his impersonations of the late American sportscaster Skip Caray. During the seven years which he had spent at ESPN, Rich hosted the reality show “Beg, Borrow & Deal”, and also hosted “Major League Baseball”, as well as guest hostingd “The Dan Patrick Show” and “The Tony Kornheiser Show” on ESPN Radio.
During those years, Rich also occasionally worked at ABC, and hosted their show “Domino Day”.
In June 2003, he was hired to work as an on-air talent for the NFL Network, and was named the main host of the sports news show “NFL Total Access”. He signed a new contract with the network in 2010, and began hosting their show “NFL GameDay Morning”, which was also their first pre-game show.
The year 2010 also saw him start hosting his weekly “The Rich Eisen Podcast”, which was the first podcast to air on NFL.com. It’s still airing today, while Rich can also be seen hosting several of NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football pre-game, half-time and post-game shows, as well as the show “NFL GameDay Highlights”.
On 24 June 2012, Rich’s reality show “The Great Escape” debuted on TNT, featuring three teams made up of two people who were locked into cells of a jail, and had to figure out how to escape; however, the show was cancelled in October 2012.
Between 2015 and 2017, he played a supporting character in the comedy series “The Odd Couple”.
Rich and the actress and model Rebecca Roijn hosted “The American Rescue Dog Show” in February 2018.
Rich launched his YouTube channel “The Rich Eisen Show” on 26 September 2014, and it’s today subscribed to by close to 400,000 people, and numbers over 300 million views of all his videos combined.
The videos features Rich reporting on various sports news and interviewing numerous celebrities, including actors and singers, and we’re going to mention the three most popular amongst these, which have helped Rich attract many subscribers.
His #1 video “Actor Brian Baumgartner Talks “The Office” & More | Full Interview | | The Rich Eisen Show | 3/28/17” has been watched more than three million times, and features Rich interviewing the famous actor Brian Baumgartner, who’s probably known best for his portrayal of Kevin in the comedy series “The Office”.
His second most popular video “Eric Andre Tells Outrageous Guest Stories from Adult Swim’s “The Eric Andre Show” | Rich Eisen Show” has been viewed nearly three million times since 2 September 2016, and shows Rich interviewing Eric Andre.
His third most watched video “Ed O’Neill Reveals How He Landed the Role of Al Bundy on Married with Children | The Rich Eisen Show” has been viewed more than 2.5 million times since 9 March 2019, and features Rich interviewing the actor Ed O’Neill.
Love life and wife
Rich prefers to keep the details of his love life away from the media’s attention, but it’s still widely known that he’s today a married man. He exchanged vows with American Emmy-winning sportscaster Suzy Shuster in 2003, in a private ceremony attended by many of their friends and family members. Suzy holds a Bachelor’s degree in history from Columbia University, and has worked at various popular American TV networks, including ESPN, Turner Sports and ABC Sports.
Rich and Suzy have three children together: sons Xander and Cooper, and daughter Taylor. They are keeping their children away from the media’s attention, wanting them to be able to lead normal lives.
Rich hasn’t mentioned any other women whom he has perhaps been with, and as of April 2022, he’s married to Suzy Shuster, and they have three children.
Hobbies and other interests
Rich is quite active on Instagram, and apparently enjoys the attention which he’s receiving from his close to 200,000 followers. He’s uploaded over 3,000 pictures onto the network, the majority of which feature him working.
Rich is physically highly active, and has a couple of training sessions at the gym every week, and every year since 2005 has been competing in the 40 yards dash at the NL Scouting Combine.
Rich was initially challenged to compete by the former professional Football Player Terrell Lamar Davis, and his worst time was in 2005 – 6.77 – while his best was 5.94 in 2016.
He’s passionate about travelling, and his career has taken him all around the world, while Rich’s dream travel destination seems to be Barcelona, Spain.
He enjoys watching Hollywood movies late at night – his favorite actor and actress are Bruce Willis and Emma Watson, while a couple of his favorite movies include “The Fifth Element”, “Pulp Fiction” and the franchise “Harry Potter”.
Age, height and net worth
Rich’s age is 52. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 6ft (1.8m) and he weighs around 165lbs (75kgs).
As of April 2022, his net worth has been estimated at more than $30 million.