This week, a WWE superstar will get a special opportunity to host one of the biggest shows on ESPN — First Take.
The talk show featuring Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman is normally hosted by Molly Qerim, but there will be someone new at the desk on New Year’s Eve and January 2.
Which WWE superstar will host ESPN First Take?
Charly Caruso, the backstage interviewer from Monday Night Raw, will get to host ESPN First Take during both of those shows, giving her a great gift to send out 2018 in style.
Caruso revealed the news on her Instagram account.
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Exciting news!🎄Christmas may be over, but I still have one gift left to give! (And also receive) 🎁 Tomorrow, Dec 31, and on Jan 2, I’ll be hosting First Take on @espn!! 10am-noon each day 🏈🏀 What a huge opportunity this is and I hope you all can tune in (or at least DVR it) and check it out! What a way to close out 2018 and begin 2019. Extremely grateful 😊 @firsttake . . . . . #espn #firsttake #sports #nfl #nba #cfp #collegefootball #television #host #nye #newyear #holiday #present #celebrate #happynewyear #nyc #newyork
This is not anything new for Charly Caruso, who has been juggling duties between ESPN and the WWE since October.
Caruso has been working part-time at ESPN since October as she anchors a morning broadcast of ESPN Sportscenter on Snapchat.
It is likely she got the door open for her thanks to Jonathan Coachman, who worked for ESPN from 2008 to 2017. Before that, he was a backstage interviewer for the WWE known mostly for the insults dished out to him by The Rock.
Coachman helped get the WWE more coverage on ESPN and has since returned to the company to host pay-per-view pre-shows.
— SI Wrestling (@SI_wrestling) October 4, 2018
Will Charly Caruso leave the WWE for ESPN?
According to Caruso, she doesn’t plan to leave the WWE for something bigger at ESPN right now, but she is leaving the door open down the line.
Caruso said when she started working with the sports channel that she loves to keep doing WWE and ESPN work because she loves both. With that said, she also said that she will reevaluate what is best for her in the future.