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ESPN Announces Skip Bayless Will Leave The Network This Summer

ESPN just casually dropped a sports media bombshell in the middle of the afternoon, announcing that Skip Bayless, the co-host of First Take, will leave the network when his contract expires this August. 

The full ESPN statement can be viewed below. Bayless' final First Take appearance will be the day after the NBA Finals ends. 

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Per SI's Richard Deitsch, First Take will continue sans-Skip and there are already candidates being targeted. 

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Cue the speculation as to where Bayless winds up next. Smart money says he has to be FS1-bound. The upstart network is building a brand centered around debate and 'hot takes,' both of which are Bayless' specialties.