FIRST Take is a talk show where the presenters talk about all things sport in an entertaining and lively way.
First airing in 2007, the ESPN show has changed a lot over the years.
Who are the hosts of First Take?
Longtime presenter and analyst Stephen A. Smith has been the face of First Take since 2012, and Molly Qerim has served as presenter since 2015.
On August 24, 2023, ESPN announced that starting September 4, Smith would be joined by three-time Super Bowl champion and Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe.
He will be on the show every Monday and Tuesday.
“Now this is going to be fun,” the network wrote in its announcement shared to Instagram, along with a hilariously edited photo of Smith and Sharpe on the court that mimicked LeBron James and Dwyane Wade’s famous moment.
Sharpe’s joining First Take is a dream come true for Smith, who previously expressed his desire for the former NFL star to be part of the show.
“We all know it’s something I want, it’s something I’ve explained,” he said on his podcast.
“I respect Shannon, I like Shannon, I think he would be a tremendous addition to the show.”
Past First Take hosts include Max Kellerman and Skip Bayless, who was Sharpe’s co-host on the Fox Sports 1 show Undisputed.
When is First Take?
First Take normally airs Monday through Friday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
If you want to watch previous episodes, you can stream them directly on the ESPN app or on ESPN.com.
Why did Shannon Sharpe leave Undisputed?
On May 31, 2023, it was announced that Sharpe would be leaving Undisputed after seven years.
His departure was reportedly due to tensions between him and Bayless.
According to the New York Postthe former athlete had negotiated a buyout deal with Fox Sports 1 to exit the show.
His podcast club Shay Shay is also said to have left Fox.
On his last day on the show, Sharpe thanked the fans who had supported him over the years.
He also delivered an emotional message to his co-host.
“Skip Bayless, you fought for me. I am here because of you. You allowed me to share the stage with you. You allowed me to share the platform,” he said.
“I am forever indebted to you for the chance you gave me to become what I have become. I will never forget what you did for me. You’ve helped me grow more than you ever thought possible.”