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ESPN's controversial "First Take" show featuring Stephen A. Smith at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan.

On the 'First Take' set

Newsday went on the set and behind the scenes during an episode of ESPN's "First Take" with Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan. (April 1, 2013)

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Behind the set of ESPN's controversial "First Take" show, producer Jamie Horowitz, middle, with Stephen A. Smith (left) and Skip Bayless at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan. (April 1, 2013)

Behind the set of ESPN's controversial
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Behind the set of ESPN's controversial "First Take" show, producer Jamie Horowitz, center, talks with with Stephen A. Smith, left, as Skip Bayless contemplates the show at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan. (April 1, 2013)

ESPN's controversial
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ESPN's controversial "First Take" show featuring Skip Bayless who comes out onto the set at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan. (April 1, 2013)

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ESPN's controversial
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ESPN's controversial "First Take" show with Stephen A. Smith, who comes out onto the set at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan. (April 1, 2013)

ESPN's controversial
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ESPN's controversial "First Take" show featuring Skip Bayless at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan. (April 1, 2013)

ESPN's controversial
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ESPN's controversial "First Take" show featuring Stephen A. Smith at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan. (April 1, 2013)

ESPN's controversial
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ESPN's controversial "First Take" show featuring Skip Bayless at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan. (April 1, 2013)

ESPN's controversial
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ESPN's controversial "First Take" show featuring Stephen A. Smith at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan. (April 1, 2013)

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ESPN's controversial
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ESPN's controversial "First Take" show with Skip Bayless, right, and Cari Champion talk to Dwight Gooden and Stephen A. Smith at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan. (April 1, 2013)

ESPN's controversial
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ESPN's controversial "First Take" show featuring Skip Bayless, who gets a touch-up on his makeup, along with Stephen A. Smith at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan. (April 1, 2013)

ESPN's controversial
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ESPN's controversial "First Take" show featuring Skip Bayless at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan. (April 1, 2013)

ESPN's controversial
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ESPN's controversial "First Take" show featuring Stephen A. Smith at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan. (April 1, 2013)

ESPN's controversial
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ESPN's controversial "First Take" show featuring Skip Bayless at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan. (April 1, 2013)

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ESPN's controversial
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ESPN's controversial "First Take" show featuring Stephen A. Smith at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan. (April 1, 2013)

ESPN's controversial
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ESPN's controversial "First Take" show featuring Skip Bayless at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan. (April 1, 2013)

ESPN
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ESPN "First Take" producer Jamie Horowitz at a commercial break during an episode at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan. (April 1, 2013)

ESPN's controversial
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ESPN's controversial "First Take" show featuring Skip Bayless at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan. (April 1, 2013)

Cari Champion the lady between the two shouting
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Cari Champion the lady between the two shouting heads on ESPN's controversial "First Take" show featuring Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan.

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Cari Champion sits between the two shouting heads
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Cari Champion sits between the two shouting heads on ESPN's controversial "First Take" show featuring Skip Bayless, right, and Stephen A. Smith at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan on April 1, 2013.

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