Well this is awkward.
On the day FS1 debuted its new debate show Undisputed featuring Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe, one of the company’s top football analysts criticized the main cog on the show.
NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and FOX analyst Troy Aikman was critical of his employer for giving Bayless his own debate show and the former QB didn’t tread softly when speaking of his new colleague.
“To say I’m disappointed in the hiring of Skip Bayless would be an enormous understatement,” Aikman told Sports Illustrated. “Clearly, [Fox Sports president of national networks] Jamie Horowitz and I have a difference of opinion when it comes to building a successful organization. I believe success is achieved by acquiring and developing talented, respected and credible individuals, none of which applies to Skip Bayless.”
Bayless left ESPN’s First Take earlier this year to join Fox Sports in an effort to upstart their ratings and compete with ESPN.
Aikman’s disdain for Bayless comes from the book Hell Bent, where Bayless made accusations that the quarterback was gay. Bayless also covered the Cowboys for the Dallas Morning News.
It was a claim Aikman strongly denies.
“I’m upset about it because it was made up and there was nothing accurate about anything that was insinuated,” Aikman told the Dallas Morning News a couple years ago. “And he did it, as he does everything, just for attention.”
Aikman probably won’t be a guest on Undisputed anytime soon, although the two going head to head in a debate would certainly boost the show’s ratings.