WOW … SKIP BAYLESS LEAVES ESPN AFTER 12 YEARS …
Little by little, the talent is leaving ESPN. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Skip Bayless is moving to Fox Sports 1 after a 12 year run with ESPN. Bayless will have a new daily program starting September 6 and as Bayless opines, will allow him to remove the “handcuffs” he’s been compelled to wear at ESPN. Bayless stated, there were “too many people in charge at ESPN, for my taste, were a little too fearful,” Bayless went on to say that “it’s a Disney network. There are just certain boundaries that you can’t even tiptoe along.” Actually that is where Bayless is incorrect. Its not because its Disney that politcal correctness has taken over ESPN, its because ESPN has become yet another left-wing media outlet. Bayless’ contract with Fox Sports is rumored to be north of $25 million. Which begs the question, how does anyone make this kind of money for doing so very little? And we wonder why all in the media don’t get working Americans.
Skip Bayless and Stephen A Smith: First Take
“Too many people in charge at ESPN, for my taste, were a little too fearful,” says the outspoken host, who leaves the Disney-owned network after 12 years for a new show that will launch Sept. 6.
Skip Bayless says his move to Fox Sports 1 — with a new daily program that is set to bow Sept. 6 — will allow him to remove the “handcuffs” he’s been compelled to wear at ESPN, where he hosted the popular ESPN2 program First Take with Stephen A. Smith.
“Too many people in charge at ESPN, for my taste, were a little too fearful,” Bayless tells The Hollywood Reporter in an interview officially revealing his move. “It’s a Disney network. There are just certain boundaries that you can’t even tiptoe along. Not that we won’t have boundaries at Fox, because we will. [But] they will trust me to go a little deeper. I can be completely honest on everything.”
The long-rumored announcement is expected to be made Monday from Fox Sports National Networks president Jamie Horowitz, who had oversight of First Take while he was a vp at ESPN. And Bayless’ FS1 show will air from 10 a.m. to noon, going head-to-head with First Take. (Max Kellerman debuted July 25 as Smith’s new co-host.)
Skip Bayless is just the most recent of many who have bolted from EPSN. The list conyains the likes of Curt Schilling, Bill Simmons, Colin Cowherd, Keith Olbermann again, Jason Whitlock, and probably the most talented of all, Mike Tirico to NBC.