VIDEO: Skip Bayless Gave "Much Love, Even to the Haters" During Gut-Wrenching "First Take"

Skip Bayless began today’s episode of First Take by addressing the news that he’ll be leaving ESPN after the NBA Finals. He thanked everyone — including the haters — but reserved his kindest words for Stephen A. Smith.

By the time he was done with his emotional speech, there wasn’t a dry eye in the building or at home. It’s impossible for anyone with a heart to watch a titan of journalism open like this and not be deeply affected.

The next month and a half is going to be an emotional tour de force. Let’s all resolve to drink heartily from The Cup of Skip before he bids the Worldwide Leader adieu.

It’s true what they say: you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.

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