Following reports in April that Skip Bayless was leaving ESPN’s First Take, the day finally came this week, when the longtime sports analyst said good bye to the show.
During the show, Skip offered an emotional farewell message.
“Man, it is actually here. My last day on ESPN, before I move on to my next endeavor,” he said. “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.”
He also offered a message to co-host Stephen A. Smith, saying: “We’ve had our battles on this show. We fight like brothers. We get mad. We love each other. I’m gonna miss him more than he has any concept”.
Skip also poked fun at their heated arguments, declaring that he’s never lost a debate. “I’m so proud of what we’ve built here. I’m also proud of the fact that, to this day, I have never lost a single debate on this show, not a single debate,” he said with a smile.
He’s set to join Fox Sports, where he’s reportedly inked a four-year contract, worth around a reported $22 million. Including signing bonus, Skip will reportedly clear $25 million over the course of his contract.