Molly Qerim Rejoins ESPN, Will Be Interim Host of First Take

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2015

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30:  Co-host Molly Qerim arrives at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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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:

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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.

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