Tony Kornheiser returned to the "Pardon the Interruption" studio Monday for his first on-set appearance with co-host Michael Wilbon since before the Covid epidemic began.
For nearly four years, Kornheiser's been doing the daily show from his home.
Kornheiser joked that he'd awakened from a dream in which he'd been doing the show from his basement and attic for four years.
Wilbon cracked in a pop-culture reference for the show's baby-boomer audience that Kornheiser was like Bobby Ewing from the old "Dallas" show, returning as if nothing had happened.
In contrast to Kornheiser, Wilbon's been doing one of ESPN's signature shows from various locations around the country, sometimes appearing on the Washington, D.C. set.
As Kornheiser frequently jokes about, Wilbon often performs from Phoenix and Chicago, where he has homes. He also broadcasts from cities where he does his NBA Countdown show.
The PTI on-set reunion appears brief: Wilbon at the end of the show said he'd be traveling again, and Kornheiser sounded unclear about whether he'll regularly appear in the studio.
That raised speculation about whether Kornheiser's return is a prelude to his retiring.
Old-time viewers like me hope that's not the case. Each day, I look forward to his benediction "Happy time, people."