The tenure of Shannon Sharpe as Skip and Shannon: Undisputed’s host is now complete. At the conclusion of the June 13 program, Sharpe expressed gratitude to the whole FS1 staff and spoke glowingly of his time spent working with Skip Bayless.

“Skip Bayless. You fought for me, brother. I’m here because of you. You’ve allowed me to share the stage with you. You’ve allowed me to share the platform. I’m going to cry in the car, but I’m not going to cry now. The opportunity that you gave me, to become what I became, I’m forever indebted to you. I’ll never forget what you did for me. You’ve helped me grow more than you’ll ever know. One more thing before you go, Skip. One more thing. All I ask, is when you lay your head of that pillow at night, know I gave you everything I had. I gave you everything I had.”– Shannon Sharpe

Sports fans are avidly speculating about who will replace Shannon Sharpe as the acclaimed analyst on the famous FS1 chat show Undisputed in the wake of Sharpe’s departure.

Related: Shannon Sharpe Returns To ‘Undisputed,’ Gets Into Argument With Skip Bayless

Bovada, a well-known online sportsbook, recently published its live betting odds on who would team up with the outspoken host, Skip Bayless, on the highly regarded show, igniting the speculations and heightening the anticipation. Sean Salisbury is in the lead for Sharpe’s successor with a +130, followed by Kendrick Perkins with a +600.

The complete sequence of odds is shown below.

+130 Sean Salisbury
+600 Kendrick Perkins
+700 Chris “Mad Dog” Russo
+700 Nick Wright
+1 (800) Scottie Pippen
+900 Chad Johnson
+900 Brian Dawkins
+900 Ray Lewis
+900 Marcellus Wiley
+1500 Tom Brady

Sharpe was long rumored to be leaving FS1, especially after he and Bayless got into an argument live on air about Damar Hamlin’s injury.

Sharpe skipped Undisputed when Bayless posted a contentious tweet about Hamlin’s injury. Shannon Sharpe returned to the Undisputed desk a day after his absence, and the argument between Bayless and him broke out right away.

Related: Shannon Sharpe Explains Why He Is Still With Skip Bayless

Sharpe gave a monologue explanation for his absence and said he disagreed with Skip’s post. Despite my disagreement with the tweet, I hope Skip would remove it from his Twitter account.

Time out — I am not taking anything down because I stand by what I tweeted, Skip would say in response.

After a little back-and-forth, Shannon referred the discussion to the show is moderator so that it may continue.

According to TMZ, Shannon opted not to watch the Tuesday broadcast because he was “upset” with Skip Bayless’s offensive Damar Hamlin tweet, in which he questioned why the NFL would postpone a critical game so late in the season. The article continued by saying that the network is unsure if Sharpe will report for duty on Wednesday.

The next Tuesday’s broadcast gave Bayless the chance to repudiate his statements and clarify his motives.

The Post adds that Sharpe’s association with LeBron James—whom Bayless pursues obstinately—also played a role in the departure.


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