Monday, September 13, 2021

NYC Radio: ESPN's Stephen A Smith..I Wanted Kellerman Gone

What ESPN's Stephen A. Smith wants, Stephen A. Smith gets. 

USAToday reports he wanted former "First Take" host Max Kellerman off the show, and that's exactly what happened. Smith elaborated on his thought process during an appearance on NYC's WQHT 97.1 FM morning radio program "Ebro in the Morning." 

"The rumors are accurate in terms of me wanting him off the show. Let’s get that out of the way," Smith said. 

Smith maintained the two had a good relationship and that he liked Kellerman. Their on-air chemistry had waned, he explained.

"Sometimes it just stalls," said Smith. "And the audience lets you know that it is what it is, and you feel the need for something fresh, you feel the need to retool. ... It’s not like I wanted the guy to be fired or anything like that. I knew that there were landing spots for him available at this network that would generate just as much, if not more, revenue for him and all of that other stuff. It wasn’t really about asking him to be off the show. It was about the fact that we, together, as far as I was concerned, was not a great partnership anymore, and that was something that needed to change."

Kellerman now assumes a larger role in the ESPN radio lineup, cohosting the morning drive time with Keyshawn Johnson and Jay Williams. His new sports variety show that will air for one hour (2-3 p.m. ET) Monday through Friday debuts today. 

Smith will now debate an assembly line of ESPN personalities on "First Take," including Michael Irvin and Tim Tebow. Molly Qerim Rose remains as the moderator. 

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