ESPN announced Molly Qerim will replace Cari Champion as the moderator of First Take on an interim basis starting July 13.
Qerim rejoins the "Worldwide Leader" after separate stints at NFL Network and CBS Sports. Before that, she had worked at ESPN across various different platforms.
Sports Business Journal's John Ourand originally reported in May that Qerim was in line to become a third on-air voice for Mike & Mike as the show eyed a move from Bristol, Connecticut, to New York City. On Wednesday, Ourand reported ESPN had a change of heart regarding the move, which then put Qerim's proposed role on Mike & Mike in question.
Instead, she'll be leading First Take for the foreseeable future and will also take over for Michelle Beadle on the July 1 and 2 editions of SportsNation.
She posted an Instagram photo from the SportsNation set a week ago:
Qerim will want to make sure she packs plenty of summer clothes ahead of her move to Bristol to handle all of the hot takes coming from Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless.