First Take is always a heated discussion as Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and guests debate about the day's top stories.
About the Host
Stephen A. Smith & Max Kellerman
Stephen A. Smith, along with Max Kellerman, is a featured commentator on ESPN’s First Take weekdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET, discussing and debating the sports topics of the day. He joined First Take on a permanent basis in 2012. In September 2014, Smith began hosting the daily Stephen A. Smith Show on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio. The two-hour show is produced and broadcast from ESPN Audio’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn. From 2011 until 2014, Smith hosted a two-hour (1-3 p.m.), weekday local show on ESPN Radio 98.7FM in New York. For one year, starting in 2011, he also hosted a local show on ESPN LA 710AM in Los Angeles, covering both coasts. Smith made a variety of contributions to ESPN from 2003-08. Smith hosted The Stephen A. Smith Show on ESPN Radio from 2005-08. He was also the host of ESPN2’s Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith, a one-hour show featuring sports news, commentary on sports issues, and interviews, from 2005-07. Smith joined ESPN in 2003 as an analyst for the network’s NBA Shootaround (since renamed NBA Countdown) pregame show. He regularly appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter, ESPNEWS, ESPN2’s First Take and as guest host of Pardon the Interruption and Jim Rome is Burning. Smith also hosted a morning show on Fox Sports Radio. Previously, Smith held several positions – most recently as a general sports columnist – during 16 years with the Philadelphia Inquirer (1994-2010). Prior to joining the Inquirer, Smith was a reporter with the Winston-Salem Journal, the Greensboro News and Record and the New York Daily News. After attending the Fashion Institute of Technology for one year, Smith received a basketball scholarship to attend Winston-Salem State University, a historically black university in Winston-Salem, N.C., where he graduated in 1991. Smith made his acting debut on the ABC soap opera General Hospital in a cameo appearance as a television reporter on the February 2, 2007, Later the same year, he was in the Chris Rock motion picture I Think I Love My Wife. Smith returned to General Hospital in April 2016 as “Brick,” a surveillance expert for the Mob. Since 2014, he has appeared in a series of Oberto all-natural beef jerky commercials as “The Little Voice in Your Stomach,” each time appearing alongside sports figures, such as Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, pro snowboarder Louie Vito and ESPN’s Dick Vitale. Max Kellerman is a featured commentator on ESPN’s First Take with Stephen A. Smith and host Molly Qerim, a role he has held since July 2016. Kellerman and Smith debate the most topical issues of the day. First Take airs weekdays from 10 a.m. – noon ET. Previously, Kellerman was a host on ESPN’s Los Angeles-based studio show SportsNation alongside Marcellus Wiley and Michelle Beadle. Kellerman also hosted the afternoon drive program, “Max & Marcellus,” on ESPN Radio Los Angeles with Wiley. Kellerman has appeared across ESPN’s various platforms including SportsCenter, Pardon the Interruption, ESPN Radio New York, and was the original host of Around the Horn. Long known to sports fans for his insightful boxing commentary, Kellerman was the studio analyst for ESPN’s boxing series Friday Night Fights and provided ringside color commentary on Tuesday Night Fights. In 2006, he took over the ringside commentator role on HBO’s Boxing After Dark series and the following year joined the World Championship Boxing broadcast team. He also appears on The Fight Game with Jim Lampley and hosts Face Off with Max Kellerman. Kellerman graduated from Columbia University with a degree in History.