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Huge news from The Mothership on this fine Thursday: former NFL Network host Molly Qerim will be taking over for Cari Champion as the interim host of ESPN’s “First Take.”
ESPN’s press release (via TVbythenumbers):
Molly Qerim, who began her career working for ESPN digital media and ESPN Mobile, will rejoin the company Wednesday, July 1.
Her first assignment will be as host of ESPN2’s SportsNation (3-4 p.m. ET) Wednesday, July 1, and Thursday, July 2 (Michelle Beadle is off). On Monday, July 13, she will begin her role as interim host of ESPN2’s First Take (10 a.m.), moderating debate between Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless.
Qerim was previously an anchor and reporter for the NFL Network, hosting NFL AM and NFL Fantasy Live from 2012 – 2015. Prior to that, she served as an anchor/reporter for CBS Sports Network from 2010 – 2012, focusing primarily on college football and basketball (NCAA Tournament).
You may recall us hoping that Melanie Collins would finally get her big break on Tuesday, but unfortunately that did not come to fruition. But hey, don’t feel too bad for Melanie, she still has steady work with Golf Channel and CBS until her time comes — and she doesn’t have to lose her sanity sitting between Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless.
As for Molly, big ups to her on landing the biggest morning sports show job out there, and good luck sitting next to those two morons!
[Molly Qerim- IG]