'Where is Molly Qerim on First Take?' Fans question where host is after absence from show

Joshua Rogers August 2, 2022
'Where is Molly Qerim on First Take?' Fans question where host is after absence from show
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First Take was on ESPN today (August 2), however, the regular host was absent, prompting many fans to question where Molly Qerim Rose is and if she’s ok.

First Take is one of the most popular sports shows on television and the jewel in ESPN’s crown. Stephen A. Smith and Molly Qerim Rose have been a staple of the show for many years, and are responsible for making the show what it is today.

However, Molly has been missing from her hosting duties recently, prompting a number of questions from fans online.

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Fans ask, ‘Where is Molly Qerim Rose on First Take today’

On Monday 1 August, regular viewers tuned into the show expecting to see Molly Qerim. However, much to their disappointment, she was missing.

ESPN are yet to reveal where she is, prompting many questions from fans online. Some wondered if she was affected by covid, or had indeed caught the virus, but there has been no official confirmation yet.

Fans flooded her mentions on Twitter, with people asking if she’s ok and when will she be back.

Importantly, Molly is still very much a part of the show and has not left her hosting position, despite some fans’ fears. It’s likely she is taking well-deserved vacation times ahead of the NFL season starting.

Stephen A. Smith has also been away recently

Stephe A Smith has been missing from the show recently too. Smith has not been on the show for over a month now due to having surgery on his shoulder. His shoulder appears have caused him quite a bit of discomfort, leading to an extended vacation from the show.

However, this week Stephen A revealed when he’d be back on First Take. Expect him back on 15 August:

Molly Qerim Rose announced split from Jalen Rose in 2021

In December 2021, it was revealed that Molly Qerim Rose had split from husband Jalen Rose.

“After being separated for almost a year, Molly and I have officially decided to go our separate ways,” Jalen Rose said on Instagram. “We both agree remaining friends and colleagues is the best course of action for our relationship going forward,” he said. “Please respect our privacy at this time.”

The couple were married for three years, and according to Connecticut court records, first obtained by TMZ Sports, both parties filed for divorce in May 2020. Molly has not addressed the split since it was made public.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.