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Eight days after news of the affair between GMA3 hosts Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes broke, Robach gave (UK's) DailyMail.com an update on their relationship: 'It's kind of over now.' Robach will reportedly return to the show next week, but Holmes has been suspended 'indefinitely' from the show as ABC management launches an investigation into his affairs with other staff members...


Jim Stewart, co-founder of Stax Records in Memphis, dies at age 92. During an era of racial strife, white musicians and producers worked alongside Black singers, songwriters and instrumentalists to create the “Memphis sound” embodied by Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. and the M.G.s, Carla and Rufus Thomas, The Staple Singers, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, The Bar-Kays and many others...


They're on STRIKE for at least one day! The New York Times Guild, the union that represents more than 1,000 members at The New York Times is asking readers to not engage in any of the paper's online platforms and stand with them on the digital picket line on Thursday, December 8, 2022. The union and newspaper management were not able to reach agreement on a new contract after 20 months of negotiations...


Bomani Jones who appeared on the 'CNN This Morning' show this week now says, "Nothing I’ve said has spread like my Deion Sanders comments on CNN." He adds, “The only thing in my career that I can think of that has gone as viral as this Deion thing has, is the Donald Sterling thing in 2014.” "Coach Prime" Deion Sanders has announced he is leaving Jackson State for Colorado. He will coach JSU in the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta on December 17, 2022 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.>Read more...


Charlamagne Tha God and DJ Envy announce The Breakfast Club will add rotating guest hosts until a permanent one is named to replace Angela Yee. >Read more...


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September 6, 2021

Michael Irvin Mondays Kick Off New Era of First Take with Stephen A. Smith Ahead of HBCU Wednesday Feature on ESPN


Pro Football Hall of Famer & NFL Network Analyst Michael Irvin to Join First Take Every Monday During NFL Season


Plus, ESPN’s Industry-Leading Roster of Analysts/Insiders & Celebrity Guests Debating Smith Throughout the Week



Upcoming Highlights: First Take Heads Back to School with HBCU Wednesdays Every Week in September


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 Sept. 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.


“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,” said Antoine Lewis, senior coordinating producer, First Take. “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!”


Max Kellerman’s last episode of First Take was on Sept. 1, as he will be joining ESPN Radio’s morning show alongside Keyshawn Johnson and Jay Williams on Sept. 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, Sept. 1 with Alabama State. Upcoming Wednesday’s will feature:

Sept 8: Florida A&M

Sept. 15: Texas Southern

Sept. 22: Hampton




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