Stephen A. Smith has a knack for creating unbearably awkward moments on live TV, and this week’s episode of ESPN’s First Take was no exception.
An awkward exchange unfolded between Smith and Molly Qerim during Wednesday’s program, capturing attention and causing a stir online. The duo, who are no strangers to making headlines, found themselves in the spotlight once again.
The peculiar moment began when fellow panelist Marcus Spears remarked to Qerim, “You look like a president’s wife.” Qerim responded with a witty retort, asking, “Which president?” before quickly adding, “Don’t answer that.”
Never one to shy away from a conversation, Smith chimed in, “It ain’t Obama. There’s only one, that’s Michelle. To answer the question, to honestly answer the question, you can go back to JFK, you can go back to Ronald Regan. I’m sorry to say this. Don’t take this wrong. Bill Clinton.”
The exchange left viewers at home puzzled by its odd nature, but such moments are not entirely unexpected on First Take. Just over a month ago, Qerim and Smith had an uncomfortable back-and-forth that led to Qerim missing work the next day. In mid-November, they shared an intimate moment that sparked speculation about the true nature of their relationship.
The dynamic between Qerim and Smith is a significant part of what defines First Take, and they seem well aware of the unpredictability that keeps viewers tuning in. It appears that one of the reasons people watch is the anticipation of Stephen A. Smith’s next unpredictable statement.