It appears that Shannon Sharpe’s breakup with Skip Bayless could get ugly.
On Wednesday, the NY Post’s Ryan Glasspeigel reported that Sharpe had reached a buyout with Fox Sports and will leave Undisputed after months of friction with Bayless.
News at NY Post: Shannon Sharpe is leaving FS1's Undisputed https://t.co/dUCTX8M6ZC
— Ryan Glasspiegel (@sportsrapport) May 31, 2023
Via NY Post
Shannon Sharpe’s partnership with Skip Bayless soon will be coming to a conclusion.
Sharpe and Fox Sports, the parent company of Fox Sports 1, which airs “Undisputed,” have reached a buyout agreement, sources have told The Post.
Sharpe’s final show is expected to be aired after the 2023 NBA Finals conclude in June.
According to Glasspeigel, Sharpe wanted equal input on the show, but apparently that was a no-go for Bayless.
People close to Sharpe said privately he did not seek to be the unquestioned leader on the show, but wanted to be an equal with Bayless in the program’s topic selection.
Another element that seemed to bleed over between the two was that Sharpe is close with LeBron James, while Bayless has been a hard grader of James’ performance over the years.
While news broke of the breakup, Sharpe liked several tweets disparaging Bayless.
Sharpe appeared on Undisputed Thursday and has not spoken publicly about his departure from the show.