Shannon Sharpe ‘is LEAVING Undisputed and his last show is in June’ after the NBA Finals


Shannon Sharpe is sensationally leaving his Undisputed show on Fox Sports 1 after seven years, it has emerged.

The New York Post has claimed that Sharpe has agreed a deal with Fox over a buyout on his terms and his last show will be in June after the NBA Finals.

It comes months after a couple of tense disagreements between Sharpe and co-host Skip Bayless – most notably on how the NFL should handle the response to Damar Hamlin‘s cardiac arrest back in January. 

The Post also reported on Wednesday night that Sharpe wanted parity with Bayless in terms of influence over what topics are discussed on the show. But the bombshell news has left some of Sharpe’s colleagues at Fox shocked. 

Chris Broussard, of Fox Sport Radio’s ‘The Odd Couple’, said on his show: ‘I’m stunned by this news of Shannon Sharpe. I think it’s a huge loss. I thought that he and Skip Bayless had at least gotten to a point where they could coexist, but apparently not.’

Bayless tweeted the night of Hamlin’s collapse in early January that the NFL couldn’t postpone the Buffalo Bills game with Bengals due to scheduling, despite significant fears about Hamlin surviving after going into cardiac arrest on the field.

Shannon Sharpe is reportedly leaving Undisputed, with his departure set for June

Shannon Sharpe is reportedly leaving Undisputed, with his departure set for June

Sharpe has clashed with co-host Skip Bayless in recent months - notably over Damar Hamlin

Sharpe has clashed with co-host Skip Bayless in recent months – notably over Damar Hamlin

Sharpe has reportedly agreed terms with Fox over a buyout of his terms in order to depart

Sharpe has reportedly agreed terms with Fox over a buyout of his terms in order to depart 

‘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,’ Bayless wrote. 

Sharpe stayed away from the following day’s episode of Undisputed and when he returned the day after, he was visibly frustrated by Bayless interrupting him while he explained his stance. 

Bayless apologized for the tweet but did not delete it. 

‘Skip tweeted something, and although I disagreed with the tweet, and hopefully Skip will take it down,’ Sharpe said, explaining his absence around the Hamlin incident, before Bayless interjected.

‘Timeout,’ Bayless said Wednesday. ‘I’m not going to take it down, because I stand by what I tweeted.’

Sharpe responded: ‘I can’t even get through a monologue without you interrupting me.

‘I was just gonna say, Skip, I didn’t want, yesterday, to get into a situation where Damar Hamlin was the issue. We should be talking about him, and not get into your tweet.

‘That’s what I was gonna do. But you can’t even let me finish my opening monologue without you interrupting.’

Sharpe has spoken fondly of Bayless in the past but appears to want to go in a new direction

Sharpe has spoken fondly of Bayless in the past but appears to want to go in a new direction

Sharpe spoke on Chris 'Mad Dog' Russo's podcast about his Hamlin disagreement with Bayless

Sharpe spoke on Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo’s podcast about his Hamlin disagreement with Bayless

The above tweet from Bayless on the night Hamlin had his cardiac arrest caused outrage

The above tweet from Bayless on the night Hamlin had his cardiac arrest caused outrage 

But the following month, Sharpe opened up on how he had repaired his relationship with Bayless.

‘We see things differently, that’s why we work on the show,’ Sharpe said in February on Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo’s podcast. ‘I don’t want disagreements to go outside of the lines and I think it did. I think everybody thought it.’

And Sharpe, a former NFL player who won three Super Bowls, praised the impact of the show on his life, saying: ‘More people know me from Undisputed than from the NFL – most people don’t realize I actually played and was a pretty good player!’

The premise of Undisputed is that 54-year-old Sharpe and Bayless, 71, debate the day’s major sports talking points – whether they are in agreement or not.

They also clashed on a personal level back in December when Bayless compared Sharpe retiring at 35 to Tom Brady playing up to 45. 

Sharpe played as a tight end – winning two Super Bowls with Denver Broncos and one other with the Baltimore Ravens – where as Brady was, of course, a quarterback.

‘I did what I did!’ Sharpe responded to Bayless. ‘You make it seem like I was a bum! I’m in the effin’ Hall of Fame. I got three Super Bowls!’

Bayless did not back down, saying: ‘So what? He’s way better than you were.’

Sharpe was a three-time Super Bowl winner during his NFL playing career as a tight end

Sharpe was a three-time Super Bowl winner during his NFL playing career as a tight end 

It only angered Sharpe further and as he tried to speak Bayless interrupted, leading to the former tight end screaming ‘Time out!’ and throwing his glasses down onto the table.

Sharpe then said: ‘You’re willing to take a personal shot at me, to say he’s better than me, because I say he’s playing bad this year?’

Sharpe’s podcast, Club Shay Shay, is also believed to be following him out of Fox.

Bayless, meanwhile, had not offered any comment on reports on his official Twitter account, where he posts regularly. 

Undisputed is scheduled to continue at 9:30am ET on Thursday – the same day as the NBA Finals begin between Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets.





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