First Take used to be an interesting sports program that would have a variety of different guests and commentators, in addition to having a slew of different hosts that would focus on different things, with Jay Crawford and Dana Jacobson handling most of the interviews, and Reischea Canidate updating everyone periodically on the sports news of the day. In many ways, First Take was like the Good Morning, America of ESPN.
As a sideshow, there was a debate segment called "First and 10," which would feature controversial sports commentator Skip Bayless, who would challenge his various "opponents" to debate him on various sports topics that he would commonly take a ridiculous and largely unpopular stance on.
In August, the producers of First Take decided that the viewers hadn't gotten enough of Skip Bayless, so they decided to scrap 75 percent of the original format, and First Take became solely Skip Bayless debating various sports commentators and causing much controversy with his dramatic and ridiculous proclamations.
Unlike Pardon the Interruption, these debates normally get out of hand, with Bayless commonly yelling at his opponents, and many of his opponents being just as grating as he is. Most notably, Stephen A. Smith, who has become a regular on the show as well, but his constant screaming matches with Skip Bayless have become almost unbearable to watch.
First Take used to be a respectable show on ESPN, but instead, has decided to try and get better ratings by revolving their show around a controversial character like Bayless, which unfortunately has improved ratings. However, any regular viewer of the show will see that the quality of the show has greatly diminished.