Legendary NFL quarterback and NFL announcer Troy Aikman is not a fan of Skip Bayless. He’s also clearly upset that the company he works for made the decision to hire the famous hot-take expert.
Speaking with Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated, Aikman sounded off on the hire.
“To say I’m disappointed in the hiring of Skip Bayless would be an enormous understatement,” Aikman said. “Clearly, [Fox Sports president of national networks] Jamie Horowitz and I have a difference of opinion when it comes to building a successful organization. I believe success is achieved by acquiring and developing talented, respected and credible individuals, none of which applies to Skip Bayless.”
Of course, Aikman doesn’t just despise Bayless for the same reasons most do. He actually has a personal reason to despise him, as Bayless once asserted in his book “Boys will be Boys” that Aikman was gay.
A couple of years ago, as pointed out by Deitsch, Aikman spoke about Bayless’ claim in an interview with SI.com.
“I’m upset about it because it was made up and there was nothing accurate about anything that was insinuated,” Aikman said at the time. “And he did it, as he does everything, just for attention.”
That Bayless does everything “just for attention” would be hard to argue against. He plays his role perfectly as the clueless, yet staunchly opinionated know-it-all we all love to hate.
Yet despite his constant spew of asinine vitriol, somehow there is a section of America’s sport-loving viewership that continues to tune in when Bayless is on television. And that is why the network hired him, whether Aikman likes it or not.