X-Play Co-Host Adam Sessler Leaving G4

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Adam Sessler Leaving G4

Despite its perpetual periods of flux, from the technology- and video game-centric programming of the early 2000’s to the “young male lifestyle”-centric programming (which notoriously includes abundant reruns of shows like Cheaters and COPS) of its contemporary structure, one constant at G4 TV has always been Adam Sessler. The longrunning, often candid television personality co-hosted X-Play and has been with the network since its inception as ZDTV in 1998.

That ended today.

Though apparently whispered about behind the scenes since last week, a representative of Sessler’s sent a statement to Kotaku confirming that he and the network have officially parted ways.

“Television personality Adam Sessler and TV network G4 are parting ways, with Adam’s last episode as host of G4’s “X-Play” airing on the network today, Wednesday, April 25. Adam has been hosting the show since it first aired as ZDTV’s “Gamespot TV” in July 1998 and he also served as Editor In Chief of games content at G4. His current projects include starring as himself in the Summer 2012 movie “noobz” and consulting with a film production company on theatrical feature adaptations of video games. Adam intends to stay in front of the camera and continue as a key voice within the games industry. He also sings and is available for weddings and bar mitzvahs.”

G4 would only comment so as to confirm Sessler’s departure, but Kotaku reports that the move stems from a contract dispute  — and that the terms weren’t amicable. Obviously, this leaves the door open for a myriad of possible scenarios: was Sessler finally fed up with the network’s near eradication of video game coverage? Was he demanding an untenable amount of money? Did he see G4 as a floundering business (the network was dropped by DirecTV in 2010 and was rumored to be up for sale in 2011)?

As for now, the only comment on Sessler’s side was a lone tweet earlier today acknowledging his many fans.

“Thank you to everyone with your exceedingly kind wishes and thoughts. I think I’ll finally take a nap….”

We wish Sessler the best in his next endeavor; it’s unclear what the news means for the future of X-Play — which he co-hosted alongside Morgan Webb — but the show was certainly part of an era, of sorts, in televised video game coverage that currently hangs in a peculiar limbo between the growing popularity of games and the growing presence of the Internet. It’s likely that the viewers who tuned in from time to time all have a favorite Sessler skit or two in their memory, and we don’t doubt he can be successful in whatever format he explores next.

Ranters, what’s your reaction to Adam Sessler’s G4 departure? Was it time for him to move on? Is he better off on a different platform?

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Source: Kotaku, Adam Sessler


  • Andrew

    Oh man, that sucks. I liked Adam, and he and Morgan made a great team. I guess now it’ll just be Morgan and that Blair Herter guy… whom I for some reason find very annoying. Oh well, I’m sure he’ll land on his feet, and probably end up somewhere much better than G4. Still a bummer that he and Morgan’s partnership is over.

  • HelghastUser

    “Was Sessler finally fed up with the network’s near eradication of video game coverage? Was he demanding an untenable amount of money? Did he see G4 as a floundering business (the network was dropped by DirecTV in 2010 and was rumored to be up for sale in 2011)?”

    These are all good questions. Wish him the best. I’m sure he’ll find something new..

  • jacob

    I’ve pretty much abandoned G4 as a source of gaming news and reviews, X-play was awesome but in recent years they have went from a smart-funny show and changed to a rigid video game show with bad writing and biased reviews. AOTS has been awful without Olivia Munn and this will not help the network either, I wish him all the luck in his future endeavors. I will sorely miss Sessler’s Soapbox though:(

  • Red

    YAY! Sessler can finally move on to better work! Grats man!

  • bio

    “consulting with a film production company on theatrical feature adaptations of video games”

    I think that might be the best thing I well known person in video games can do at the moment.

  • EastOfTheAnduin

    Years ago G4 used to be the best thing on TV. Now, I don’t even remember the last time I watched it.

    • tre

      ^^^ yup…likewise

    • SK47

      very true…it’s still the Screensavers to me

  • digimass

    X-Play was a good show but kind of went down-hill when they stopped doing skits and got rid of the extra, funny characters.

    • Androol

      R.I.P. Shad Grimgravy.

  • lato

    G4 used to be awesome. Who remembers judgement day? Too bad its very little about games anymore. And that blair guy they have co hosting is more annoying than 15 year old episodes of Cops playing 5 hours in a row…good luck Sess.

    • Androol

      Thank you for confirming my feelings about Blair. I have no idea why I find him so annoying, but yeah… he just bothers me. And I agree about G4. Sucks now. Of course, I haven’t really watched it regularly in quite some time, ‘cuz it magically disappeared from my satellite guide (which isn’t DirecTV) a few years ago and never came back. Can’t say I miss it much, though. X-Play was good, AOTS was okay, the rest of the network was garbage. I miss TechTV.

  • Tratz

    I’m sad to see Adam go. X-Play is the only show on G4 I watch anymore. Too bad too because when G4 first premiered, I watched it constantly. Little by little, however, the distinctive gaming format gave way to mainstream trash that I could tune into on any other channel. I’ll continue to watch G4 with Morgan and Blair but there was an undeniable energy that Adam brought to the program that will be missed.

    Good luck in whatever you carry on with Adam!

  • SK47

    Thats one third of the holy trinity of G4 with Pereira & Webb left. I don’t know how much they are paying Kevin but he is their franchise.

    Perhaps GameRant should throw a bone at Sessler to become a contributor???

  • Kogen

    I think G4 has been dead for years now. Sessler is going to be the first of many that will leave and I wish them all the best. R.I.P. G4 2005

  • Matt

    wow, I’m a little shocked. I mean he was on X-Play for a long time, but not THAT long. His leave, as much of an icon and veteran he was of that show, might create a domino effect with other staff members, as it usually does, and hurt the network’s ratings. of course this is pending on what the issue is exactly. It could just be personal (moving on to bigger and better things, etc). I wish him all the best in his television career. It probably wont be long before he gets another job.

  • Hunter

    :,( single tear. Hope he moves on to bigger and better things.