SHANNON Sharpe didn’t hold back during a recent appearance on Stephen A. Smith’s podcast.
Just weeks after joining Smith as co-host of ESPN’s First Take, the NFL Hall of Famer opened on The Stephen A. Smith Show.
Smith promoted the episode on X, formerly known as Twitter, writing: “The latest episode of The Stephen A. Smith Show is live right now. My brother @ShannonSharpe has gotten very real with me and I think you all will want to see her.”
In response, Sharpe retweeted his post with the caption: “Man @stephenasmith we must be relatives because you got me telling companies I thought I would NEVER SHARE!”
Among the details Sharpe may have left out was his much-publicized sudden departure from Undisputed on FS1.
After co-hosting the show with Skip Bayless for seven years, Sharpe left the show after this year’s NBA Finals.
And speaking to Smith, he discussed his fractured relationship with the longtime broadcaster as they rewatched a clip in December 2022 in which Sharpe accused Bayless of taking “personal shots” at him.
“A lot of this is my fault.” Sharpe told Smith.
“Because there were times leading up to it where I felt like shots were being fired and then I let it go. And he felt like he might go too far in that situation.”
Sharpe added that Bayless no longer has any respect for him.
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“Whatever the relationship, if one partner doesn’t have respect for the other, the other partner in turn loses respect for that partner,” he said.
“Then I think it’s just a matter of time because at that moment I felt like he had lost all respect for me. He had no respect for me.”
“There’s no denying that: Skip and Shannon. This isn’t yours. So it really, really hurt me.”
And fans loved hearing Sharpe’s side of things.
“I’m surprised to hear him say it HONESTLY. I would have quit too!” wrote one X user.
Another said: “In real time it was the most shocking moment between the two of them.”
“I had experienced other moments where I felt like Skip was showing disrespect, but in that moment we all knew the respect was gone.”
“Any lesser man and his career would be finished. I applauded Shannon back then and I applaud him every time I see that clip.”
Sharpe eventually moved to ESPN while Bayless stayed.
Super Bowl Subsequently, winners Michael Irvin, Richard Sherman and Keyshawn Johnson were hired to replace Sharpe on Undisputed.