Bill Bellamy is an actor, comedian, cousin of Shaquille O’Neal and a big fan of ESPN First Take.
The Rutgers University alum and avid Twitter user joined the castof First Take on Aug. 15, with commentators Skip Bayless, Jemele Hill and Stephen A. Smith adding his comedic sports wisdom to the topics of the day.
A basketball fanatic, Bellamy was able to hold his own discussing the top subject: Is LeBron James better than Michael Jordan? Bellamy spoke to Front Row shortly after his First Take debut:
What is it about First Take that you like so much?
I just love the show because everyone has a point of view. You get Stephen A. saying one thing, Skip saying something else and Jemele mediating…when she can. It’s so fun to watch. On top of that they usually talk about the issues, or whatever is topical of the day or what happened that week. I want to hear what they have to say…then I can go on Twitter and do my version.
Do you like the new First Take set/look?
I like the roundtable…I think it’s inviting. The way they bring the cameras around so it feels very expansive on the set and you get a chance to see everyone’s reaction. You can see the different reactions.
What other ESPN shows do you like?
I like Pardon the Interruption and SportsCenter. First Take is No. 1, followed by PTI then SportsCenter. I like watching the same highlights one “billion” times.
This is your first visit to ESPN. What do you think?
It feels like an amazing college campus…it’s young, fun, casual, really comfy and it seems like a great place to work.
If you could do a 30 for 30 Film, what topic would you pick?
I would love to do a Jim Brown story with a different perspective or on a boxer, maybe Floyd Mayweather. I would like to do a show or work with Shaq. We joke with each other…it’s funny because now Shaq is doing comedy, he is doing my thing.