“I’m actually proud of the fact that I don’t think about it.”
Skip Bayless, the longtime ESPN anchor who is now co-hosting “Undisputed” on Fox Sports 1, has more than two million Twitter followers — and he has followed zero people back.
That’s not an accident. On the latest episode of Recode Media with Peter Kafka, Bayless said he doesn’t have an answer to how TV people might break through the noise of people doing what they do online.
“I don’t pay enough attention to what you’re asking me about,” Bayless said. “That is the question, and I’m actually proud of the fact that I don’t think about it. To me, I can only do what I do and what I’ve been doing for a long, long time.”
He said guests frequently underestimate how difficult it is to be on live TV. But he has more than a decade of experience doing it for hours on end every day.
Until recently, Bayless was known for co-hosting “First Take” on ESPN with Stephen A. Smith. Although he loved his time at ESPN, he said his move to Fox Sports allowed him to devote more time talking about controversial topics on the air, and less time on distractions.
“The people who run ESPN, to a fault, pay way too much attention to what I think are insignificant bloggers making irrelevant statements about what happens on ESPN,” he said. “It just doesn’t matter to us.”