Skip Bayless

By: Nancy Baker | Feb 3 2014

Skip Bayless (John Edward Bayless II) is a TV host, commentator and a sports journalist. He works for ESPN and is famous for his program, ‘First Take’ with Stephen A Smith. He is a man of routine. He eats the same food for lunch every day, and keeps up the routine.

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His father ran a restaurant business and both his parents were abusive alcoholics. After his father died, he changed his name to Skip, cutting off his final connection with his father. He even refused to carry his casket. When he talked about his personal life, he said that he had only four long term relationships in his life. He got married to his high school girlfriend, which for some unknown reason, he now considers as his biggest mistake. It took him four trials to get to his wife, Ernestine. She was the one who was able to live with his possessiveness of his job. He declared on his first date that the job is his first priority. They have no children, as of now.

Skip Bayless & Ernestine Sclafani

Ernestine Sclafani is a publicist and they met about 8 years ago, at ESPN. There is no other information about her in the internet. For the first few years, it was thought that the existence of Ernestine is a rumor. Even after the rumors about her being a fake story hit the internet hard, Skip did not take any measures to prove or comment about his wife. Another report says that she lived in Manhattan and they see each other during the weekends. They have this strict Friday night routine of watching Jeopardy episode. 

Skip talks a lot about her on his show. He once said that she threatened to file a divorce if he continues his superstition, when it comes to games. He has this superstition that if she sits with him during a game, the game goes against his team. He has proved it a lot of times to her but she keeps saying that it is all hogwash. He once apologized to her on the show that he could not spend, even the Sunday with her. He also apologized to her on his show that he does weird things, but which actually work for him.

There are no pictures of Ernestine Sclafani in the internet sites and no wedding pictures were uploaded either. It looks like Skip wants to share a lot about his personal life but she does not like to be noticed. Some people tend not to indulge in their husband’s publicity. He mentioned that his first relationship with his college sweetheart ended in separation. He never mentioned any reason for it, except that it was a big mistake. The details about the alimony, spouse support settlement and his current relationship with her are all unknown. There is no information, whether he has any kids, from the first marriage. His net worth is 4 million dollars and has an annual salary of 500 thousand per month.

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