The phrase ‘family over everything’ doesn’t apply to Skip Bayless, but his wife already knew that and signed up for it.
The Fox Sports host bluntly told Ernestine Sclafani “you’ll always be number two.”
Bayless recently opened up about the relationship between work and family.
“I chose in my 20s, as I was coming up in this business, to not have children,” Bayless explained. “I married not my high school sweetheart but my junior high sweetheart and one reason we didn’t make it was I knew she wanted kids and I knew the deeper I got into my career, I just couldn’t have kids.”
Bayless took it a step further when he said he would have been a “horrible father” because of his priorities and did not want to inflict that on kids.
“Then I met my wife, Ernestine, 17 years ago in New York City,” he continued. “On our first date, as she will attest, I said ‘hey, if this happens to go anywhere, I’m sorry but I’m declaring myself upfront, you’ll always be No. 2 to my job, which is my life.’”
The admission that he prioritizes work over family came as he launched a new venture, his podcast aptly named The Skip Bayless Show.
“I am obsessed to this moment with what I am doing right here, right now with you,” Bayless said. “I live for this. It’s my whole life. It’s my calling. It’s not a job; it’s my passion. It’s what I was born to do and what I want to continue to do as long as my personal situation will allow it.”