Stephen A. Smith hasn’t shied away from talking about doing First Take without his longtime co-host in Max Kellerman.
ESPN’s First Take officially moved on from Kellerman earlier this month. According to reports, Smith was behind the move. The longtime ESPN personality reportedly wanted Kellerman off of the show.
Smith got his wish, as Kellerman now hosts a morning radio show and an afternoon television show for the worldwide leader.
“I haven’t been this excited to do First Take in years,” Smith said in an in-house ESPN feature.
.@stephenasmith wants you all to know the debate chair is open!
👀🍿 Bring it. pic.twitter.com/jCFWOJLwgD
— First Take (@FirstTake) September 7, 2021
Fans aren’t exactly thrilled with Smith’s message.
“I’m so done with that show, it’s no longer a debate show. Now he saying this. The show at one time would have several guest people on. This ain’t nothing new except, he’s saying come DEBATE ME, man please,” one fan wrote.
“Lol the last person that handled you got kicked off the show for it,” another fan joked.
“Nobody likes this show or you,” another fan wrote. “It’s not worth the time talking sports with someone who consistently undermines view points with animated theatrical responses for your own amusement.”
Clearly, a lot of people like the show, but it will be interesting to see how it progresses following Kellerman’s departure.