Today’s episode of First Take began with Skip Bayless addressing the news that he’ll be leaving ESPN after the NBA Finals. Bayless, Molly Qerim, and Stephen A. Smith took a couple of minutes to reminisce about all the stupid opinions generated by the two.

A partial transcript of Bayless’s goodbye to Smith:

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I do want to thank the many people who responded by social media yesterday. Much love, even to the haters. But most of all, I want to thank this man sitting across from me for all he has done for me, and I’m gonna shake his hand, and I’m gonna tell him what I told him off the air last Friday: I love you, man. And that is from the bottom of my heart.

With all the emotion at that desk, you’d think they were performing a service that didn’t involve criticizing domestic violence victims or generating arguments on whether homophobia is acceptable. May the chicken and broccoli be just as bland for you on the other side, Skip.

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