Skip Bayless, one of the most recognizable faces on ESPN, will be moving on. In an announcement made on Monday by ESPN, the network revealed that Bayless has decided to leave when his contract expires in August. The “First Take” episode that will take place the day after the NBA Finals ends will be his last show.
Early industry speculation is that he’s leaving for Fox Sports 1. ESPN reportedly offered Bayless $4 milllion per year, but he Skip still plans to leave. That’s because he’s allegedly set to make between $5 and $6 million per year over at Fox Sports 1. Bayless joins Colin Cowherd as former ESPNers headed to Fox Sports 1 as they look to revamp their lineup.
Here’s the statement made by ESPN:
Skip 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.