ESPN 'is set to move' Max Kellerman off 'First Take' after 5 years but will play 'prominent role' with the network

ESPN commentator Max Kellerman reportedly may be offering his last take after five years of co-hosting First Take opposite Stephen A. Smith. 

“It could be Stephen A. vs. the World,” an insider said, suggesting the sports commentator and analyst could joust with an array of ESPN personalities or boldface guests.

There is also talk that Kellerman could be brought in to help lend insight on ESPN’s morning radio show, Keyshawn, JWill & Zubin, according to Front Office Sports.

The network is said to ensure he maintains a very prominent role at the sports powerhouse.

Zubin Mehenti has been suffering health issues and was absent during many broadcasts, according to the publication. 

The network remained mum when pressed by Front Office Sports to weigh in on Kellerman as well as First Take’s future. 

Kellerman’s coveted spot isn’t expected to be immediately filled as the decision to cut him from the show hasn’t been formally decided. 

Until that happens, Smith is expected to broadcast on his own along with Molly Qerim Rose and fellow ESPN reporters, hosts and guests will make appearances, the site reported.

Kellerman’s tenure at “First Take” lasted five years after Skip Bayless fled to Fox Sports back in 2016 to crossfire sports wisdom with former NFL receiver Shannon Sharpe.

Kellerman also hosts the “Max Kellerman Show” on ESPN Radio and takes his ringside insights to helm a boxing show on ESPN2, Yahoo Sports reported.

Smith has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the network in 2019 and earns around an $8 million salary. The big contract him minted Smith as the highest-paid ESPN sportscaster.

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