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Series: First Take
If there's one afternoon block of ESPN journalists yelling at each other about sports that you can name, it's First Take. Primarily anchored by Skip Bayless and Stephen A Smith, and originally hosted by Jay Crawford, First Take provides roundtable and often adversarial daily debate on current sports topics of interest to the United States audience. Skip and Stephen A, in particular, are famous for being Real Life Vitriolic Best Buds, and the show is largely built on the heated debates between the two.

First Take is the Spiritual Successor to Cold Pizza, a morning talk show host more comparable to Good Morning America than SportsCenter. It included daily sports news, interviews with sports journalists, athletes, and personalities, and an assortment of other sports and non-sports topics. This show began airing on October 20, 2003. After four-ish years, it was replaced by First Take, and here we are now.

Two back-to-back two-hour episodes air each weekday from Monday through Friday, with the live episode airing from 10 a.m. ET until noon, followed by a repeat. Longtime host Crawford left First Take to anchor SportsCenter and he has been replaced by Cari Champion.


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