First Take‘s Stephen A. Smith has landed a spot on Jimmy Kimmel Live! As Kimmel continues his sabbatical, Smith will host Monday’s episode with guests like best-selling artist Snoop Dogg and Olympian Allysin Felix. Also, Nelly will serve as the episode’s musical guest.
For years, sports fans have come to know Smith as a prominent voice on ESPN and ESPN Radio. However, he has been aiming to host a late-night talk show for some time. In 2018, he described what he hopes to do in the future.
“I can host an afternoon show like Steve Harvey or Ellen [DeGeneres],” Smith told UPROXX in 2018.
“I could do a late night show if somebody writes [an] opening monologue, I could do a late night show like [Stephen] Colbert and [Jimmy] Fallon and those boys. Or I can host a show on CNN or Fox News.”
Nearly three years later, Smith’s dreams have been set in motion. Jimmy Kimmel Live! with Smith will air at 11:35 p.m. ET.
Musical performance by @Nelly_Mo
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