Nearly three weeks after Skip Bayless left ESPN’s First Take, a replacement has been named: Max Kellerman.
The longtime boxing commentator and ESPN personality will begin hit sting on the show with Stephen A. Smith on July 25.
As part of the job, Kellerman will leave his position as a co-host of ESPN2’s SportsNation and of ESPN Radio’s Max & Marcellus show.
“I’m thrilled to join the excellent team at First Take,” Kellerman said in a statement. “Years back, on-the-air and in the hallways of ESPN Radio New York, Stephen A. and I would engage in detailed and thoughtful discussions on sports and every other topic you can imagine. To do that again, now for the First Take audience, is going to be a lot of fun.”
In a statement of his own, Smith welcomed his new partner. “I’m ecstatic to have Max on board. We’ve known one another for years. We worked at ESPN New York together and we both love our boxing. More importantly, Max is smart, quick on his feet and is never — ever — afraid to go at anyone. Just the kind of partner I wanted. It’s time! Let’s go! Can’t wait!”
— First Take (@FirstTake) July 11, 2016