ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith did not appear on Thursday’s First Take.
Star presenter Molly Qerim, 39, then sent a message on the popular sports show.
For Thursday’s NBA draft, First Take brought in NBA analysts Brian Windhorst and Jay Williams, as well as former basketball coach Seth Greenberg.
Qerim would start the show by telling viewers that Stephen A. could not be on the show and why.
“Stephen A. is preparing for draft coverage tonight,” Molly said.
Then she added, “But we’re fully staffed.”
After Qerim introduced the show to the panelists, Williams turned his attention to Greenberg.
“I heard you’re going to get hot,” former NBA player Williams quipped to Greenberg.
In response, the retired basketball coach jokingly told Williams, “[You’re] the brother I never wanted.
Smith’s absence on Thursday comes after he responded to NBA junior Brandon Miller calling Paul George his greatest basketball player of all time.
The 55-year-old tweeted a video of the interview on Wednesday with the caption, “Absolutely ridiculous.”
The same day, Stephen A. sent a compliment to First Take, praising Qerim for her caramel attire and calling her Mollywood.
Molly has been a presenter and presenter alongside Smith on First Take since 2015.
She tends to chime in when quarreling guests are arguing about the week’s sporting events.