Fox Sports is shaking things up a bit. “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed” moderator Joy Taylor is leaving the morning debate show to serve as news anchor for “The Herd With Colin Cowherd.” Jenny Taft will replace her as the moderator on Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe’s version of ESPN’s “First Take.”
Taylor, who has moderated for “Undisputed” since its 2016 premiere, will make her debut alongside Cowherd on the FS1 and Fox Sports Radio Network simulcast, on June 18.
“We’re thrilled to announce new roles for Joy and Jenny on ‘The Herd’ and ‘Undisputed,'” Whit Albohm, vice president, studio production/executive producer, FS1, said on Thursday. “Both have been consummate professionals – Joy having been a major part of ‘Undisputed’s rise and Jenny’s extensive resume, including her upcoming World Cup duties in Russia. We’re proud of what they’ve accomplished so far and excited to see what’s next.”
Taylor came to Fox after spending five years at Miami at AM 790 The Ticket and hosting the “Zaslow and Joy Show.” She currently leads her own podcast “Maybe I’m Crazy with Joy Taylor,” and also has hosted “Thursday Night Live” and “Fantasy Football Today” for CBSSports.com. She is the younger sister of NFL Hall of Famer and former Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor.
“Hosting ‘Undisputed’ has been an amazing experience and an exciting chapter in my career working with Skip and Shannon each weekday morning,” said Taylor. “I look forward to my new role with Colin on ‘The Herd’ and the opportunity to continue engaging sports fans on FS1.”
Taft, currently a member of Fox Sports’ lead college football broadcast team, will replace Taylor on “Undisputed” on July 23. She will continue to serve as a reporter on Saturdays during the fall. Taft started at Fox Sports in 2011 and has expanded her duties at the network to include covering the NFL, college football, Supercross, MLB, World Cup soccer and the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
“I’m honored to join ‘Undisputed’ with both Skip and Shannon, two people I highly respect having known Skip as one of the best in the business and Shannon as a respected sports analyst and fellow dog lover from our days working together at the Westminster Kennel Dog Show,” said Taft. “FS1 has believed in me since day one and I’m proud to see another page unfolding within the company.”