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What happened to Brandon Marshall - is he still on First Things First?

Joshua Rogers September 1, 2021
What happened to Brandon Marshall - is he still on First Things First?

FS1’s morning show First Things First had a recent shake up, with Chris Broussard added as a permanent co-host. However, fans wondered what had happened to Brandon Marshall on First Things First, and if he’s still working on the show.

What happened to Brandon Marshall?

FS1’s morning show First Things First is a daily sports show that covers all the latest and greatest news.

It features Nick Wright, Kevin Wildes, Jenna Wolfe, and Brandon Marshall, and is a popular show much like its rivals Undisputed and First Take.

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However, on 30 August, Fox Sports announced that Chris Broussard will be added to the show as a permanent co-host.

Broussard previously worked for The New York Times, and ESPN, and has made appearances on SportsCenter, NBA Countdown, First Take, and First Things First before.

Fox released a video confirming the news, however, there was one notable omission.

Fans quickly wondered what had happened to Brandon Marshall.

Is Brandon Marshall still on First Things First?

With Broussard joining as a co-host, and Fox Sports shaking things up, it’s been confirmed that Brandon Marshall is no longer on First Things First.

According to Outkick, Broussard has replaced Brandon Marshall, who left First Things First in August to “pursue other business and media opportunities.”

They report that Marshall’s contract was set to expire at the end of the month anyway, and was not renewed.

The former NFL receiver, who played for the Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears, New York Jets, New York Giants, and the Seattle Seahawks, joined the show just over a year ago.

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Fans react to the news

Marshall was never a particularly popular member of First Things First.

Although he’s an expert on NFL matters, he often struggled during NBA segments. Fans struggled to warm to his style of debating, and often found themselves disagreeing with his takes.

Fans shared their reaction to Marshall leaving the show on social media.

What is he doing next?

Marshall will apparently still stay on as an analyst on Showtime’s Inside the NFL.

He will also be hosting a mental health roundtable series called The Toughest Opponent. The show will be executive produced by Jada Pinkett Smith.

Deadline reports that ‘the goal of The Toughest Opponent is to create a  groundbreaking program that provides a safe space platform for professional athletes to open up about mental illness.’

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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.