Meet Shae Cornette, Molly Qerim’s First Take host, Sportscenter regular and married to the ESPN star

ESPN star Shae Cornette has big shoes to fill on First Take.

The Sportscenter host, 36, is acting as Molly Qerim’s replacement on the popular sports talk show.

Shae was in the hot seat on Monday's first take due to the absence of Molly Qerim


Shae was in the hot seat on Monday’s first take due to the absence of Molly QerimPhoto credit: First Take – ESPN

Cornette hosts ESPN Radio’s GameDay this weekend with her husband Jordan.

The power couple met in Chicago while both worked at Campus Insiders and wed in 2019.

Less than a year later, they made ESPN history when they aired their own show together.

The couple is the first married couple to share a nationwide show on the network.

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Shae explained the athlete: “When we watch a game together, we just be ourselves and talk about what we see.”

“This is ultimately our preparation for our radio show.

“It’s the broadcast of our lives, just with a microphone in front of our mouths.”

While Jordan added, “Shae has become such a great partner in life, a similar outcome on the radio is only logical.”

“Sport is omnipresent in our house on a typical Sunday. Why not get those sports debates, spouse debates, etc. on the air?

“I look forward to having an audience settling our marital differences.”

Cornette is originally from Chicago, Illinois. She attended Indiana University and graduated with degrees in broadcast journalism and kinesiology.

She began her broadcast career as a football field reporter for Big Ten Network before covering the Chicago Bears on ABC.

Since joining ESPN, she has been a regular on Get Up and SportsCenter, known for her extensive sports knowledge.

She and Jordan recently gave birth to their second child, and Shae recently returned to work after maternity leave.

Cornette is replacing Qerim on Monday’s First Take, Stephen A. Smith is also absent from the popular show.

Qerim returned last Thursday after a long holiday, her absence on Monday remained unexplained.


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