Stephen A. Smith had a brutally honest admission on the departure of Max Kellerman from ESPN’s First Take.
ESPN’s morning debate show officially unveiled its new co-hosts this week. Michael Irvin, Tim Tebow and more are now part of a rotating cast of co-hosts for First Take. The show is now essentially 100 percent centered on Smith.
There’s been some speculation about Kellerman’s departure and who pushed for it. This week, Smith confirmed that he wanted Kellerman off the show.
“The rumors are accurate that I wanted Max Kellerman off the show,” Smith admitted.
“the rumors are accurate that i wanted max kellerman off the show”- stephen a smith.
— Jamal Cristopher (@JamCristopher) September 10, 2021
Those rumors had been swirling for a week or two and now Smith confirmed them.
Sports fans are mixed by the admission.
“I don’t think the audience ever wanted Max off the show because if I’m being honest the most memorable moments of First take the past years have come from Max, not SAS,” one fan tweeted.
“Tried to tell people for a long time that he let it all go to his head. Where can we go for good sports media anymore!!?” another fan added.
“The one thing that stands out most is that he kept saying I or me. I’m not a Max Kellerman fan, but it’s obvious Stephen A has an agenda, and wants everything to be about himself,” one fan wrote.
“Dude is straight capping nobody wanted Max off the show SAS just wants to spotlight all for himself he wants Yes men around him never challenging his takes Max was a better fit for this show than SAS all he did was bark and yell like Molly whenever Max gave him a logical take,” one added.
Regardless of what’s true, ESPN’s First Take is now the Stephen A. Smith show, more so than it was before.
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