Skip Bayless Leaves ESPN After 12 Years

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According to ESPN: “Skip Bayless has decided to leave ESPN when his contract expires at the end of August. His final appearance on First Take will be the day after the NBA finals conclude. We want to thank Skip for his many contributions to ESPN. His hard work and talent have benefited ESPN for 12 years.”

The controversial, fiery co-host of the hit debate TV show First Take is now taking his talents elsewhere. It is anticipated that Bayless will join the team of Fox Sports.

Fox Sports chief Jamie Horowitz revealed last month that he would be keen to sign Bayless if he became available. “Yes, we’re interested in all the superstars,” Horowitz told Sporting News last month. “Of course, I’m interested in Skip.”

The big question now remains: who will Stephen A. Smith debate with now? The chemistry between Bayless and Smith was iconic. A modern day staple on ESPN's network of sports talk. Only time will tell for now. We all just have to sit back and see whos' to fill the shoes of Bayless.