Shannon Sharpe has reportedly finalized a contract buyout with Fox Sports & FS1’s UNDISPUTED that will see him leave after the NBA Finals.
On September 6th, 2016 Skip Bayless launched his new show UNDISPUTED alongside NFL legend Shannon Sharpe. The show launched with custom music from Lil Wayne and unfiltered banter. The show was instantly a hit and less corporatized than anything on ESPN. Over the past year, the show has had some rough patches with the two hosts seemingly at each other’s necks.
Last year before Christmas break Skip Bayless went off the deep end insulting Shannon Sharpe when comparing his career to Tom Brady’s. That would be the precursor of what was to come. After a few ill-timed tweets about Damar Hamlin’s on-field medical incident, Bayless would be solo on the following episode of UNDISPUTED. Sharpe returned the day after and seconds into the show was in a heated back-and-forth with Bayless.
Recently Sharpe dished on how he mended the relationship with Skip but according to the New York Post Sharpe is exiting FS1. Reportedly Sharpe has negotiated a contract buyout with Fox Sports 1. His final show is expected to be after the 2023 NBA Finals in mid-June. With the exit, Shannon will be taking his Club Shay Shay podcast with him which has over 1.2 million active subscribers. While it’s all speculation it’s almost certain Sharpe will pop up on another network sooner than later.