Max Kellerman Gets ESPN2 'First Take' Gig, Will Exit KSPN-A (ESPN LA 710AM)/Los Angeles And 'SportsNation'
July 11, 2016 at 11:55 AM (PT)
MAX KELLERMAN will take over the debate slot on ESPN2's "FIRST TAKE" left vacant by SKIP BAYLESS' jump to FOX SPORTS and FS1, and that means KELLERMAN will leave his radio post at ESPN Sports KSPN-A (ESPN LA 710AM)/LOS ANGELES.
KELLERMAN will move from both KSPN, where he hosts afternoons with MARCELLUS WILEY, and ESPN2's "SPORTSNATION," which he co-hosts with WILEY and MICHELLE BEADLE, to take on STEPHEN A. SMITH on the daily show, moderated by MOLLY QERIM. His last day on the radio show and "SPORTSNATION" will be FRIDAY (7/15).
“I’m thrilled to join the excellent team at FIRST TAKE,” said KELLERMAN. “Years back, on-the-air and in the hallways of ESPN RADIO NEW YORK, STEPHEN A. and I would engage in detailed and thoughtful discussions on sports and every other topic you can imagine. To do that again, now for the FIRST TAKE audience, is going to be a lot of fun.”
SMITH said, "I'm ecstatic to have Max on board. We've known one another for years. We worked at ESPN NEW YORK together and we both love our boxing. More importantly, MAX is smart, quick on his feet and is never -- ever -- afraid to go at anyone. Just the kind of partner I wanted. It's time! Let's go! Can't wait!"
EVP/Production NORBY WILLIAMSON said, "Whether you've seen MAX on SPORTSNATION, boxing coverage or heard him on radio, you know his passion and sports knowledge break through the clutter with smart opinions and lively debate. We are confident that the chemistry on the set will make for a compelling commentary with STEPHEN A. and MOLLY."
QERIM added, “I’m thrilled that MAX will join us and am very excited for the next chapter.”