It looks like we’re coming to the end of Max Kellerman’s run alongside Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s First Take.
Earlier this afternoon, Front Office Sports‘ Mike McCarthy reported that Kellerman could be leaving First Take. Now, Andrew Marchand of the New York Post writes that Kellerman will be removed from his post opposite Smith, where he has been since he replaced Skip Bayless in July 2016.
“This is not the end of the Kellerman at ESPN, as he is likely to have an increased role on ESPN Radio and potentially his own TV show, according to sources,” Marchand said.
ESPN reportedly won’t replace Kellerman on First Take. Rather, Smith will debate a rotating group of ESPN employees and guests.
NEWS: Max Kellerman expected to be removed from First Take, but not finished at ESPN. https://t.co/5cUsTUARDX
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) August 18, 2021
Kellerman, who has had multiple stints at the Worldwide Leader, has been hosting his nationally broadcast program, The Max Kellerman Show, on ESPN Radio since last August.
We’ll see what the company has in store for him in the coming months. In the meantime, you can still catch him battling Stephen A., but not for long.