John Legend talks Don Cornelius, spot on 'First Take'

Wed, Feb 1
12:16
PM ET

R&B singer John Legend said the two hours on Wednesday's "First Take" flew by as he and ESPN commentators Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith debated the Super Bowl, Denver quarterback Tim Tebow and a host of other topics.

"It was a lot of fun and I didn't want it to end," said Legend, who spent Tuesday night watching "SportsCenter" on ESPN and then waking up to look at ESPN.com to catch up with the latest news. "Skip and Stephen were really prepared and I was impressed by that. I've always wanted to do the show, and I'm glad I did."

It also was a somber morning for Legend as he heard that "Soul Train" creator Don Cornelius died of an apparent suicide.

"'Soul Train' was a big influence on me as I grew up watching his show every Saturday," said the 33-year-old Legend, who was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio. "I performed one of my first songs on his show. And I've always loved performing at the Soul Train Awards. It's a very sad day for me. He will be missed."