Skip Bayless introduced his new hosts on FS1’s “Undisputed.” Bayless made extra room at the desk for additional reinforcements, with Michael Irvin, Richard Sherman, and Keyshawn Johnson joining the morning show.
Bayless and former co-host Shannon Sharpe had a public fallout, with the latter leaving the show for new opportunities. That left Bayless and FS1 forced to scramble, with reported little interest in the gig as Bayless’ sidekick.
However, Bayless and FS1 believe there is strength in numbers as they brought in three analysts to fill Sharpe’s vacated seat. How will each new cast member perform, and what will they bring to the show?
Who Are the New Undisputed Hosts?
Michael Irvin has never been short on words, and his career has been long on controversy. Irvin was the alpha receiver on the star-studded Dallas Cowboys teams that won three Super Bowls. He’s a Hall of Fame receiver and brings his gridiron experience to the news desk.
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Irvin brings commentating experience from his days at ESPN, where he worked on Sunday NFL Countdown, and his NFL Network experience. He brings a boisterous and energetic personality to the FS1 mainstay.
Richard Sherman cut his broadcasting teeth as a pre-game and post-game analyst for Amazon. Sherman was always considered one of the smartest players on the field during his playing career.
Skip Bayless getting no chance to speak on his own show is a “I pray for times like this” moment on Undisputed w/ Richard Sherman, Michael Irvin, & Keyshawn Johnson., pic.twitter.com/N1NymSLQiu
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He was the leader of the “Legion of Boom” defensive backfield for the Seattle Seahawks. Sherman and Seattle would appear in two Super Bowls during his career, hoisting the Lombardi Trophy as the Seahawks won their only Super Bowl in franchise history.
Keyshawn Johnson is a former Pro Bowl receiver who brings his playmaking abilities to the news desk. Throughout his playing career, Johnson always spoke his mind stating, “Throw me the damn ball.”
After his playing career, Johnson began working at ESPN as an analyst. He covered Sunday Night Countdown and Monday Night Countdown while also anchoring the NFL Draft coverage on ESPN.
*Keyshawn Johnson, Richard Sherman and Michael Irvin talking over one another on Undisputed*
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Johnson’s appearances on the Countdown shows became one of the show’s highlights in a segment called “C’Mon Man!”
He then became one of the anchors alongside Max Kellerman and Jay Williams on the ESPN morning show “Keyshawn, Jay Will, and Max.” The show replaced the long-running “Mike & Mike in the Morning.”
Unfortunately, as a part of ESPN’s widespread company personnel cuts, Johnson was released from his contract.
Combining Johnson’s experience with his charismatic personality with Irvin and Sherman makes for an “Undisputed” powder keg.