Shannon Sharpe has been an icon in the sports entertainment industry. The analyst is popular for his heated debates on various NFL or NBA-related topics. His presence on Fox Sports 1’s UNDISPUTED brought equal balance to his partner, Skip Bayless‘ critical nature. However, the iconic duo may have reached a rough patch in their relationship that is irrecoverable.
REPORT: Shannon Sharpe has reached a buyout with FS1 and Undisputed that ends his partnership with Skip Bayless.
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) June 1, 2023
Shannon Sharpe reached a contract buyout with Fox Sports and will soon make his final appearance on UNDISPUTED. According to the New York Post, Sharpe’s hit podcast “Club Shay Shay” will also be removed as a part of FS1 as well. This decision was possibly influenced by a disagreement that occurred between him and Bayless that took place after the NFL’s Damar Hamlin collapsed during a game last season.
While the entire world worried about Hamlin’s health and safety, Skip Bayless tried to shift focus onto the importance of the season to carry on. “No doubt the NFL is considering postponing the rest of this game — but how? This late in the season, a game of this magnitude is crucial to the regular-season outcome … which suddenly seems so irrelevant,” he said in a tweet.
Unc Shannon sharpe was explaining why he wasn’t on undisputed yesterday & this man Skip bayless gonna interrupt him when Shannon tells him to take down the tweet of damar Hamlin 🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/hQQK0njiQZ
— Shannonnn sharpes Burner (PARODY Account) (@shannonsharpeee) January 4, 2023
Shannon Sharpe expressed his frustrations on live television after taking a day off following the incident and Skip’s comment. Sharpe said that he wished Bayless had taken down the tweet as it was insensitive. They argued over their bosses demanding an explanation of Skip’s comments which he never offered. The duo maintained peace despite being at loggerheads about LeBron James and several other matters.
How long have Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless been partners?
Shannon Sharpe had a decorated NFL career that spanned over 14 years. He played for the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens as well. Sharpe was a three-time NFL Superbowl Champion and holds the record for most receiving yards by a tight end. After retiring, he briefly served as a commentator for CBS Sports’ NFL Today, columnist for FitnessRX, and host for Sirius NFL Radio.
In 2016, Sharpe agreed to join Skip Bayless on UNDISPUTED after the latter left ESPN. The two have been working together ever since and sparked some heated debates between each other as well. However, Sharpe is expected to make his final few appearances on the show during the NBA Finals. His podcast on the other hand could be his next point of focus as it is growing in popularity daily.