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ESPN Announces Max Kellerman Will Take Over For Skip Bayless On First Take

Max Kellerman, co-host of ESPN's SportsNation, will be taking on a new role at the Worldwide Leader. Monday morning, Kellerman was officially announced as Skip Bayless' replacement on the network's morning show First Take. Bayless left ESPN for FOX a few weeks back.

The selection of Kellerman doesn't come as a surprise - as FOX Sports radio show host Colin Cowherd quasi-reported the news back in late June. Kellerman's current co-hosts - Michelle Beadle and Marcellus Wiley - also hinted at the news a few times last week live on air.

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It's official...@Max_Kellerman and @stephenasmith will usher in the new era of First Take on July 25th! pic.twitter.com/lvL0XPXIU6

— First Take (@FirstTake) July 11, 2016

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It's official...@Max_Kellerman and @stephenasmith will usher in the new era of First Take on July 25th! pic.twitter.com/lvL0XPXIU6

— First Take (@FirstTake) July 11, 2016

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Kellerman, who was the original host of Around The Horn back in 2002, has been hosting SportsNation since 2013. He'll sit opposite Stephen A. Smith weekday mornings from 10 AM ET until Noon.