Find out who is replacing Max Kellerman on ESPN’s First Take as we explore the rotating upcoming guests, showtimes and more!
Discover ESPN’s new lineup as well as the former co-hosts future TV venture as a presenter.
ESPN lineup change explored
ESPN previously switched up their lineup regarding basketball coverage before the start of the NBA season, including taking Rachel Nichols off the air.
As one of the network’s most recognizable NBA personalities, Nichols has been removed from all programming on ESPN and her show, The Jump, has been cancelled, as per The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The American sports broadcaster took to Twitter to share gratitude towards her time spent as a host on the show.
Over on First Take, the popular sports debate show hosted by Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman, changes are also being made as ESPN replace co-host Kellerman with a series of rotating guests.
Who is replacing Max Kellerman on ESPN’s First Take?
ESPN has now announced that NFL Network analyst and Cowboys Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, will replace Kellerman.
Michael Irvin is set to join First Take with Stephen A. Smith on Mondays at 10 am/ET, starting on 6th September 2021.
Irvin has previously made several appearances on the show over the years.
Along with Irvin, a rotation of in-house analysts will fill out the rest of the week.
outkick.com have since reported that among the names are Paul Finebaum, Keyshawn Johnson, Mina Kimes, Kimberley Martin, Monica McNutt, Jessica Mendoza, Chiney Ogwumike, Dan Orlovsky, Kendrick Perkins, Marcus Spears, Brian Windhorst, and Damien Woody.
First Take‘s new format will debut on September 6th as Molly Qerim Rose will continue to moderate the show.
What is the co-host moving on to do?
The Philadelphia Inquirer stated that following his replacement, Kellerman will get his own ESPN show.
This could reportedly replace Jalen & Jacoby and the Highly Questionable in the lineup, which the New York Post annouced could end up sliding over to ESPN2.
Over on Instagram, @max_kellerman shared a goodbye video from Andre Iguodala as he reminiced on show times spent together.