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ESPN's Cari Champion Is Leaving "First Take"

Cari Champion at the BET Awards.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Cari Champion speaks onstage at 2017 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images )

After sitting between Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith for roughly two-and-a-half years on the set of ESPN's First Take - something most people wouldn't wish upon their worst enemy - Cari Champion is escaping. 

The co-host of ESPN2's morning program is moving onto SportsCenter, where she'll be an anchor, starting in mid-July. Her last day with First Take, the show that "embraces debate" more than anyone would like it to, is today. 

On SportsCenter, she's expected to work on morning segments and a series of "interactions" between sports and the entertainment industry. 

“I grew up watching ‘SportsCenter’ — it is the flagship show so I am living the dream,” Champion told TheWrap. “When I first started working here, I would casually petition for it — but there’s always a long line.”

Champion joins an impressive roster of female SportsCenter anchors, including Hannah Storm, Sage Steele, Lindsay Czarniak, Jaymee Sire, Sara Walsh, Linda Cohn, Jade McCarthy and Nicole Briscoe. 

She has been at ESPN since 2012. 

The next host of First Take has not been announced.