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Sports world celebrates Jenny Taft’s takedown of Skip Bayless

Jenny Taft’s fan club is growing by the minute after she shut down Skip Bayless on Wednesday’s episode of “Undisputed.”

Current and former ESPN staffers, including Cari Champion and Katie Nolan, took to social media to praise Taft for the retort she delivered Bayless on-air, when he criticized Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy’s physical appearance while discussing HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”

The 33-year-old Taft stood her ground during the debate, reminding Bayless, “I’m allowed to have an opinion.”

Champion — who previously hosted “First Take” alongside Bayless and Stephen A. Smith — tweeted, “I OVERSTAND.”

Champion left ESPN in early 2020 and has voiced concerns about the network’s culture since her departure.

“Jenny Taft forever, honestly,” Nolan tweeted Wednesday. The former Fox Sports host is an ESPN personality across multiple shows.

Jemele Hill — a former ESPNer, whose rocky exit in 2018 opened the floodgates to drama inside the network — tweeted, “I ain’t gonna say any names but I have a friend used to go through this sh-t every day.”

Cari Champion; Jenny Taft; Katie Nolan
Cari Champion; Jenny Taft; Katie Nolan
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Hill and Champion’s close friendship is well-documented and the two have a show, “Cari & Jemele (Won’t) Stick to Sports,” on Vice. Champion responded to Hill’s tweet with the bulging eyes emoji.

ESPN broadcaster Holly Rowe joined in on the conversation and quoted Taft in a tweet, writing, “’I am allowed to have an opinion’ Jenny Taft Stand your ground. Why is he still allowed on TV always being mean?”

Fans and former athletes also joined in on the Taft parade on Twitter. Former NFL receiver Chad Johnson reacted to the viral moment and praised Taft in a tweet, writing, “Now this is great tv, Jenny leaving skip in shambles & speechless.”

Super Bowl champion, retired safety Will Blackmon took to Twitter to add, “This is big news because Knowing @JennyTaft personally, she never ever ever ever gets upset at anything or with anyone.”


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