Infamous First Take analyst Skip Bayless is leaving ESPN for Fox Sports at the close of the NBA Finals and, appearing on the program this morning, offered an emotional farewell to his co-star Stephen A. Smith.
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It’s certainly the end of an era, as First Take has been a staple since debuting as Cold Pizza back in 2007 and has become one of the most entertaining programs on television thanks to the great back-and-forth between Bayless and the multiple guest analysts he has had on the show. Smith was definitely the most popular, having joined the show in 2012, and it’s clear that the two have a great relationship on and off camera.
ESPN has not given any word as to what Bayless’ departure means for First Take, but Smith is popular enough that he should just get a new co-star. Still, odds are greater than none that Bayless’ successor won’t hold a candle to the man himself.
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