Just last week, several reports broke that ESPN First Take host Max Kellerman was leaving the program. Now, it appears that news has become official.
According to Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports and several other sources, ESPN has announced its new roles for Kellerman — non of which include the First Take hosting position he held for nearly five years alongside network figurehead Stephen A. Smith.
Kellerman will now join ESPN Radio’s national morning radio show with former NFL superstar Keyshawn Johnson and basketball analyst Jay Williams, bumping his radio presence from two hours of daily airtime to four. The First Take co-host will also host a new TV series of his own.
ESPN just announced Max Kellerman news:
– Kellerman joining ESPN Radio's national morning radio show with Keyshawn Johnson + Jay Williams. Increases radio profile to 4 hours from 2 hours a day.
– Kellerman will also host a new TV series.
– Chris Canty teaming with Mike Golic Jr.
— Michael McCarthy (@MMcCarthyREV) August 24, 2021
Kellerman has long been a fixture in the First Take franchise. In his absence, the show is expected to shift more focus towards Smith (a common theme in the ESPN world these days). According to multiple reports, the network is expected to bring on a rotation of guests to engage in heated debates with the fiery ESPN personality.
Smith signed five-year, $60 million contract back in 2019, making him the highest paid TV personality at the network.
The date of Kellerman’s final appearance on First Take has yet to be released.