Shannon Sharpe to Depart from FS1’s ‘Skip and Shannon: Undisputed’
The departure of Shannon Sharpe from FS1’s flagship sports talk show, ‘Skip and Shannon: Undisputed’, seems imminent, according to recent reports.
An agreement has been reached between Fox Sports and Sharpe, the Pro Football Hall of Famer, to end his tenure with the show.
This revelation comes via an article published by the New York Post this week. It states that Sharpe’s final appearance on the program will be broadcasted following the 2023 NBA Finals.
‘Skip and Shannon: Undisputed’ first aired in 2016, featuring Sharpe alongside ex-ESPN analyst Skip Bayless. A standout feature of the show is its theme song, recorded by Hip Hop icon, Lil Wayne.
Rumours of tension between co-hosts Sharpe and Bayless have been circulating recently. Bayless faced a wave of criticism after tweeting about an injury to Bills safety Damar Hamlin during a January Monday Night Football game. Sharpe did not appear in the subsequent episode, and upon his return, he firmly suggested that Bayless remove the controversial tweet.
Both Bayless and Sharpe have also faced backlash online for their coverage of off-field issues concerning Memphis Grizzlies player Ja Morant. Former NBA player Kwame Brown even implied that Sharpe had influenced Morant’s decision to possess firearms.
Sharpe is also known for hosting ‘Club Shay Shay’, a Fox Sports podcast launched in 2020. This platform has seen Sharpe conversing with a range of figures from the world of sports, music, and entertainment, including Hip Hop artists like Ice Cube, Master P, T.I., Waka Flocka Flame, Too $hort, and Timbaland.
As of now, Fox Sports has given no hint regarding any plans to replace Sharpe on ‘Undisputed’. The network’s future moves in this regard remain to be seen.