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ESPN's "Highly Questionable," which launched in 2011, has been canceled and will have its final show on Friday, the network announced on Thursday. ... Longtime radio host Dan Le Batard, who also hosted "Highly Questionable," parted ways with the network in January. The AthleticESPN's 'Highly Questionable' canceled; Max Kellerman's new show debuts Sept. 14

Max Kellerman gets new ESPN TV show 'This Just In' after leaving 'First Take'

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Kellerman will begin hosting his own new show, “This Just In” starting on Monday, the network announced on Thursday.

The show will air weekday afternoons from 2-3 p.m. ET, and will “provide all the latest news, opinion and analysis on the day’s trending and under-the-radar afternoon headlines and look ahead at potential news-making moments that evening.”

“With the addition of This Just In, we’ve added yet another opportunity for live reaction in a key timeslot,” ESPN vice president Norby Williamson said in a statement. “Max is always able to successfully connect and resonate with fans in meaningful ways across platforms and it’s great to have him leading this new show.”

Kellerman left “First Take” earlier this month, leaving the show for Stephen A. Smith to run solo with Molly Qerim-Rose, and a group of guests and weekly appearances from Michael Irvin and Tim Tebow.

Kellerman joined that show in 2016, replacing Skip Bayless after his departure for Fox Sports. Kellerman also joined ESPN Radio’s morning show with Keyshawn Johnson and Jay Williams.

Kellerman’s new show means that ESPN is officially canceling “Highly Questionable,” the television show created and made popular by former ESPN Radio host Dan Le Batard and his father, Papi.

“Highly Questionable” was launched at ESPN in 2011, and continued even after Le Batard parted with ESPN and formed Meadowlark Media.

The group who carried the show after Le Batard’s departure — which included Mina Kimes, Pablo Torre, Bomani Jones and more — will continue with a new digital only show, “Debatable,” launching next month.

Hell of a run. Not many tv shows last a decade. Papi and I are proud of it all, including the duck fart of a grand finale in the tv graveyard of 2 pm on ESPN2. Also, Max will look older than Lee Corso by December, aging a decade every month doing morning radio and this. — Dan https://t.co/fdEPt5hagk

— Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz (@LeBatardShow) September 9, 2021

— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) September 9, 2021

Max Kellerman, following his "First Take" departure, will have a new ESPN show called "This Just In" from 2-3 p.m. ET Monday-Friday.

ESPN host Stephen A. Smith has a reputation for shooting from the hip with outrageous takes on sports issues. Today, he turned the attention on himself, candidly admitting his role in having First Take co-host Max Kellerman removed from the show. First Take is one of the highest-rated ESPN shows, although its audience has dwindled since […]

ESPN said it would place sports host Max Kellerman in a new mid-afternoon program after taking him off the popular hot-talk show “First Take” last month, unveiling a daytime schedule it hopes will keep viewers interested for a longer period of time. Kellerman’s new program, “This Just In,” will debut September 14 at 2 p.m., […]

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