Video: Skip Bayless gives emotional goodbye to ‘First Take,’ Stephen A. Smith

Earlier this year, Skip Bayless announced he would be leaving ESPN and taking a job with FOX Sports. He took to the airwaves for his final “First Take” broadcast on Monday and it was certainly an emotional goodbye for he and Stephen A. Smith.

Bayless’s career with ESPN began in 1989 when he was hired as a panelist on “The Sports Reporters” and he became a full-time employee in 2004 when he was hired to appear on “Cold Pizza,” which eventually became the show sports fans all know, love and hate all at the same time. On Tuesday, his career with the company and on the show came to an end and they gave him one final sendoff.

This is my last day at this debate desk, in this studio, after nearly 12 years on this show, 23 years on various shows on this network. On this show, I’ve gone from that crazy Woody Paige, in New York City, on Cold Pizza, to my man right here, Stephen A. Smith. … He’s here today for me and I love him for that. We’ve had our battles on this show, we fight like brothers, we get mad, we love each other. And I’m going to miss him more than he has any concept.”

While I may not agree with a lot of what Skip Bayless says most of the time, it is still sad to see him go. Who is Smith going to make himself look stupid with now?

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