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Where is Keyshawn Johnson? Whereabouts of KJZ hosts Jay Williams and Zubin Mehenti revealed

Joshua Rogers September 7, 2021
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ESPN’s KJZ featuring Keyshawn Johnson, Jay Williams and Zubin Mehenti has become a hugely popular morning sports show. However, of late all three hosts have been missing in recent months. Here’s an update on the show.

KJZ missing regular hosts, including Keyshawn Johnson

Former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson has transitioned into broadcasting since his playing career ended.

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The former first overall pick has been a regular on sports TV and radio since 2007, when he was part of the NFL’s draft coverage that year.

Since 2020, Johnson has been hosting mornings on ESPN LA 710, as well as ESPN show KJZ.

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KJZ features Keyshawn, former NBA player Jay Williams (JWill), and Sportscenter host Zubin Mehenti discussing the top sports stories of the day.

They also provide analysis and give their own views on things.

However, recently all three have been missing, with other hosts such as Alan Hahn and Shae Peppler Cornette stepping in.

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Fans react to Keyshawn, JWill and Zubin missing from KJZ

Regular fans of the show tuned in over the summer wondering where the regular trio are.

Some took to Twitter to ask ESPN radio and the official KJZ handle where everyone was.

Where were Keyshawn Johnson and JWill?

It’s important to note neither Keyshawn Johnson nor JWill have been cancelled or suspended.

Both are very much a part of ESPN’s plans heading into the new NBA and NFL seasons.

Earlier this year, though, Keyshawn Johnson temporarily stepped down from presenting duties after the tragic death of his daughter, Maia. 

However, recently Keyshawn and JWill just took a mid-year break from the show.

The NBA season is long and arduous, and getting up to be on the show at 7am requires seriously early starts by Keyshawn and JWill.

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What happened to Zubin Mehenti?

The third part of the trio, Zubin Mehenti, hasn’t been on the show for months.

Fans have grown concerned over his welfare, given his recent absence.

According to reports, the presenter has been away because he was recently diagnosed with diabetes. His absence is thought to be linked to that.

The official KJZ Twitter account tweeted their support to Mehenti in April.

Max Kellerman officially replaces Zubin

On 18 August, reports emerged that Max Kellerman was leaving First Take.

It was later announced he’d be officially joining Keyshawn Johnson and Jay Williams at 6 a.m. ET for the revamped show Keyshawn, JWill & Max.

Kellerman has officially replaced Zubin.

The official Twitter handle of the show has been changed to Keyshawn, JWill and Max, and on 7 September they had their first show together.

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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.