ESPN’s signature morning debate show, First Take will unveil its exciting new format beginning Sept. 6. The new format will continue to star Stephen A. Smith – who has been the show’s featured commentator on a permanent basis for almost a decade – and host Molly Qerim Rose – who has commanded the First Take desk since 2015 – alongside a team of marquee guests.

  • Pro Football Hall of Famer and NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin – who has gone head-to-head with Smith in countless unforgettable moments – will start each week of First Take, beginning September 6 and after every NFL Sunday, joining Smith and Qerim Rose for the full two-hour show on Mondays.
  • He and Smith will debate the week’s key on-the-field moments and under-the-radar stories, while also providing fans with insider news and can’t-miss analysis heading into that week’s Monday Night Football matchup and week ahead.
  • The rest of the week, Smith and Qerim Rose will be joined by ESPN’s industry-leading roster of analysts and insiders across sports, including:
    • Paul Finebaum
    • Keyshawn Johnson
    • Mina Kimes
    • Kimberley A. Martin
    • Monica McNutt
    • Jessica Mendoza
    • Chiney Ogwumike
    • Dan Orlovsky
    • Kendrick Perkins
    • Marcus Spears
    • Brian Windhorst
    • Damien Woody
    • And many more
  • Each week will culminate on Friday with Heisman Trophy Winner and SEC Network analyst Tim Tebow and Smith debating all things college football heading into Saturdays throughout the season.
  • In addition, First Take will also continue to regularly welcome signature celebrity guests from across sports and entertainment to the show.
  • Max Kellerman’s last episode of First Take was on September 1, as he will be joining ESPN Radio’s morning show alongside Keyshawn Johnson and Jay Williams on September 7 and debuting a new television series with details to be announced soon.

Upcoming First Take Highlights:

  • First Take is heading back to school with the return of HBCU Wednesdays throughout the month of September.
  • Smith – a Winston-Salem State alumnus and HBCU Week ambassador – and Qerim Rose will virtually spotlight and celebrate HBCUs by featuring one university every week, with debate questions from students, live shots from campus, special guests and much more.
  • The series started Wednesday, September 1 with Alabama State. Upcoming Wednesday’s will feature:
    • September 8: Florida A&M
    • September 15: Texas Southern
    • September 22: Hampton

What they’re saying:

  • Antoine Lewis, senior coordinating producer, First Take: “This new format will pair Smith with new voices and perspectives every day of the week who will challenge him on their specific area of expertise in a completely new way. Stephen A., Molly and a lineup of A-list guests will definitely continue to provide fans with all they’ve come to expect from First Take and much more. We’re excited to get going!”