Max Kellerman is out at “First Take” and it’s all Stephen A Smith’s doing.
On Tuesday ESPN made it official and announced Kellerman will be leaving the show but will still be prominently featured on ESPN radio.
JUST IN: ESPN has officially announced that Max Kellerman is leaving First Take.
Kellerman is joining ESPN Radio's national morning radio show with Keyshawn Johnson + Jay Williams. pic.twitter.com/FA0VSRgv6U
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) August 24, 2021
According to the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand, Smith had wanted Kellerman off the show for years because he felt the show didn’t work well enough with Kellerman as the co-host.
Via The NY Post
Since he has become a giant in the industry, his moves reverberate. Smith has wanted Kellerman off “First Take” for years. Though it wasn’t personal, according to sources, Kellerman has a “smartest guy in the room” attitude, and Smith wanted more of a debating challenger. And ultimately, he wanted it to be him versus the world.
Whatever you think of the hot-take shows, they live on sparks, and Smith and Kellerman never had the flair of Smith and Skip Bayless. Smith has told everyone who needs to know, including Kellerman, that it didn’t work well enough, according to sources. After Smith’s wishes were executed, a fault line from Bristol to New York followed.
Stephen A. Smith on Max Kellerman leaving ESPN's First Take: "Those reports of me disliking Max are an absolute lie. I actually got a lot of love for the guy.
"If he stays on the show, so be it. If he departs, it will be because they have other things they want him to do." pic.twitter.com/OLb5ec991f
— 👑 Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson 📍 (@ScoopB) August 19, 2021