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Chris Russo reveals hefty ‘First Take’ paycheck to Howard Stern

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Chris Russo does simply advantageous financially.

The Mad Canine had an look with Howard Stern on SiriusXM Wednesday morning, and revealed that his deal to debate Stephen A. Smith on Wednesdays on “First Take” is for $10,000 an episode — and 40 dates.

Contemplate that that is Russo’s third job. He additionally hosts afternoon drive on SiriusXM’s Mad Canine Radio, the station that was constructed for him when he left Mike Francesa and WFAN in 2008, and hosts “Excessive Warmth” on MLB Community.

And but, one might argue that Russo must be in line for a giant increase from ESPN when this deal expires.

Mad Canine’s hump-day appearances give a shot within the arm to Smith and “First Take” — when final weekend’s buffet of stay sports activities has been picked to the bone and it’s nonetheless a little bit early to preview subsequent weekend — they usually generate buzz that percolates from ESPN’s airwaves onto the web.

Chris Russo on "First Take" on June 22, 2022.
Chris Russo on “First Take” on June 22, 2022.
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Howard Stern had no idea what 'First Take' is, nor that Chris Russo appears on it weekly.
Howard Stern had no thought what ‘First Take’ is, nor that Chris Russo seems on it weekly.
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Hardly every week goes by the place there is not headlines about Mad Dog barking at Smith over something inconsequential to the world at-large — however very important to Russo’s critical evaluations of the sports activities universe.

And but, Stern pled ignorance when it got here to Russo’s appearances on ESPN.

“Have you ever been being attentive to this ‘First Take’ stuff on ESPN”? Russo requested Stern.

Stern requested for clarification.

“Pay attention, I don’t know something about sports activities,” Stern stated.

Chris Russo revealed that he makes $10k per episode on his weekly 'First Take' appearances.
Chris Russo (proper) revealed to Howard Stern that he makes $10k per episode on his weekly ‘First Take’ appearances.
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Russo was incredulous.

“It’s a sports activities present, I’m on there as soon as every week. 10-12! It’s enjoyable! We snigger! We idiot round. We discuss sports activities. We discuss all these matters. You’re not following that?” Russo stated.

Stern continued to do not know what Russo was speaking about.

“No, I’m not, I didn’t know you have been on TV, however good for you — perhaps that can enable you get into the Radio Corridor of Fame.”

Stern continued to say that he doesn’t know what the present is: “I don’t know ‘First Take,’ Second Take, Third Take …”.

Not solely that, Stern didn’t appear to even know who Stephen A. Smith was, and required a proof about him from a producer. Stern then wished to know why Russo would go on with one other screamer: “Isn’t that an excessive amount of screaming?”

Russo then identified that he was at a current commencement get together and approached by two faculty athletes of their twenties — a pitcher at Fordham, and a lacrosse participant at Penn — who informed him they watch his appearances weekly.

Russo has been happening with Howard Stern for a really very long time, however clearly Stern has simply been following the Mad Canine’s radio exploits.