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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Comedian Bill Bellamy big fan of 'First Take'

By Kim Jarvis



Bill Bellamy is an actor, comedian, cousin of Shaquille O’Neal and a big fan of ESPN's "First Take."

The Rutgers University alum and avid Twitter user joined the castof First Take, with commentators Skip Bayless, Jemele Hill and Stephen A. Smith adding his comedic sports wisdom to the topics of the day.

A basketball fanatic, Bellamy was able to hold his own discussing the top subject: Is LeBron James better than Michael Jordan? Bellamy spoke to Front Row shortly after his First Take debut:


What is it about First Take that you like so much?


"I just love the show because everyone has a point of view. You get Stephen A. saying one thing, Skip saying something else and Jemele mediating…when she can. It’s so fun to watch. On top of that they usually talk about the issues, or whatever is topical of the day or what happened that week. I want to hear what they have to say…then I can go on Twitter and do my version."

Do you like the new "First Take" set/look?


"I like the roundtable. I think it’s inviting. The way they bring the cameras around so it feels very expansive on the set and you get a chance to see everyone’s reaction. You can see the different reactions."

What other ESPN shows do you like?

"I like 'Pardon the Interruption' and 'SportsCenter.' 'First Take' is No. 1, followed by 'PTI' then 'SportsCenter.' I like watching the same highlights one billion times."

To read the rest, check it out on ESPN Front Row here.