Stephen A. Smith is not running from the truth. Appearing on the Hot 97 Morning Show, Mr. ESPN revealed that he did want Max Kellerman off of ESPN’s First Take.

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“The rumor’s accurate in terms of me wanting him off the show. Let’s get that out the way. Yes, I did,” Stephen A said. “We don’t have a bad relationship. I think he’s a real good guy. I appreciate what he did for the show. We were number one for five years, we stayed number one, and I appreciate that.”

He would go on to state that he felt “we, together, as far as I was concerned, was not a great partnership anymore and that was something that needed to change.


The move is one of many shuffles at ESPN, but has led to Kellerman taking on a new show titled “This Just In…” and will also continue to host Max on Boxing.