In a somewhat amusing debut on ESPN’s First Take, Shannon Sharpe, known for his seven-year tenure debating Skip Bayless on FS1’s Undisputed, accidentally slipped up not once, but twice, by referring to his new co-host, Stephen A. Smith, as “Skip.”
The slip-up occurred during Sharpe’s first appearance on the show on Monday morning, as he was getting accustomed to his new role.
In a moment of nostalgia, he inadvertently called Stephen A. Smith by the name of his former sparring partner, Skip Bayless. Realizing the gaffe, Sharpe quickly corrected himself.
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However, it seemed old habits die hard for the seasoned sports commentator, as he made the same mistake again shortly thereafter.
Shannon Sharpe isn't used to being without Skip Bayless yet 😂 pic.twitter.com/i13NnAqlLt
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Given the years spent alongside Bayless, it’s understandable that Sharpe might need some time to adjust to the change in co-hosts.
Sharpe’s unexpected mix-up brought some light-hearted humor to the First Take set on what was an otherwise ordinary morning of sports debate.