First Take co-host Skip Bayless, an ESPN staple since coming on full-time in 2004, is leaving the network — allegedly for a new gig at Fox Sports.
Per a statement from Bayless’ soon-to-be-former employer on Tuesday: “Bayless has decided to leave ESPN when his contract expires at the end of August. His final appearance on First Take will be the day after the NBA Finals conclude. We want to thank Skip for his many contributions to ESPN. His hard work and talent have benefited ESPN for 12 years.”
Fox Sports boss Jamie Horowitz, who worked with Bayless while he was at ESPN, told Sporting News last month that he’s “interested” in having Bayless join his team;