Max Kellerman Leaves ESPN’s First Take After Five Years Alongside Stephen A
“I want Iguodala!”
Three words that will always be remembered by NBA fans and they are only a small part of the great legacy Max Kellerman shall leave behind as he leaves ESPN’s First Take.
Today, was Kellerman’s final day on the show after spending five years alongside Stephen A. Smith on one of the most popular sports talk shows in the entire world. Taking over for the infamous Skip Bayless, Kellerman and Smith verbally sparred day-after-day, discussing the various sports topics, with a heavy focus on-goings in the NBA and NFL.
— First Take (@FirstTake) September 1, 2021
“Stephen A. had a lot of say in who was going to be his partner after Skip [Bayless] left the show in 2016,” said Kellerman to close out the show. “And I was honored to have been chosen and wouldn’t trade the last five years for anything. All things come to an end, and this is the end to my run on First Take.”
ESPN announced the breakup last month, claiming that Kellerman would shift to other shows within the network, primarily focusing on boxing. Neither Smith nor Kellerman mentioned a reason for the separation, but moving forward it appears that Smith will debate with various guests on the show.
Smith, who is recovering from sleep apnea surgery made sure to make an appearance on Wednesday’s show to say goodbye to Kellerman.
“I’m really sorry I couldn’t be there to tell you face-to-face to thank you for everything you did for the show,” Smith said. “You’re going to be doing big things like you’re always doing big things.”
It is truly the end of an era over at ESPN.