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Max Kellerman is Set To Be Removed From ESPN’s ‘First Take’

After almost five years of being a co-contributor on ESPN’s popular morning debate show ‘First Take’, Max Kellerman is expected to be removed. It is unclear as to why this change will come about, as ESPN has not commented further on the matter. Many speculate that this decision was foreshadowed a while ago, as his favorable counterpart, Stephen A. Smith, seemed disenchanted with Kellerman. This comes after Max Kellerman was the replacement for First Take’s previous commentator, John Edward “Skip” Bayless, back in 2016. Over the years, Stephen A. Smith has gradually solidified himself as the “face” of ESPN with a remarkable five year $60 million dollar deal with the network. With Smith being a high commodity, it is speculated, the differing chemistry of the initial pairing was apparent, and talks of Kellerman’s removal began. Although he will no longer be verbally sparring with Smith, sources say this will not be the last of Kellerman on the network. He is soon slated to work on ESPN’s national radio show partnered alongside former wide receiver of the New York Jets, Keyshawn Johnson. Kellerman may also land an afternoon show on TV with an anticipated time slot of 2 p.m where he will continue his already established boxing-focused program.

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