Few broadcasters on sports television have the sort of rapport that Stephen A. Smith and Molly Qerim have on ESPN’s First Take.
The pair has been working together for a long time, and it shows in their on-screen chemistry.
Most of the time.
This week, Smith and Qerim went viral after something of an awkward exchange:
Molly Qerim predicted Stephen A. Smith would go viral for this. pic.twitter.com/6bpszb8SN6
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) October 18, 2022
Essnetially Smith, Qerim, Keyshawn Johnson and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo were discussing the latter’s 63rd birthday.
Qerim noted that Russo’s wife was in the process of baking a cake for him when Smith interjected.
“Don’t eat any, Molly,” Smith said. “You’ve been eating enough over the last… you ate my cake.”
He then quickly realized that it sounded like he was calling his co-host fat, and attempted to reverse course.
“I’m not talking about how you look, you look great,” Smith continued. “But she ate my cake. You look great, I’m just saying she ate my cake. That’s all I meant by that.”
Qerim didn’t let him off the hook, though.
“Going viral: Stephen A. tells Molly she eats too much cake,” she joked. “I see the headline now,”
Qerim wasn’t wrong about that.
This actually isn’t the first time Smith and Qerim have gone viral in recent months.
Between Smith’s role in Querim’s divorce from Jalen Rose, the rumors about their relationship and some of their interesting back-and-forths – it has been one thing after another with them over the past year.
The photos don’t lie. https://t.co/adRmfaJTLU
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 21, 2022
It’s also not especially hard to see why some see so much chemistry there. They seem to work very well together, even if it is just in a professional capacity by all accounts.
What will Smith and Qerim ultimately go viral for next?
Time will tell.
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