Molly Qerim regularly appears on lists of the most beautiful sportscasters. In 2012, Bleacher Report ranked her No. 14 on its list of the “20 sexiest sports reporters of the year.” but it’s not just about her looks, she’s talented and knows her sports! 

The moderator for ESPN’s First Take has previously worked for the NFL Network as the host of the station’s NFL a.m. and NFL Fantasy Live shows as well as a reporter and anchor on the CBS Sports Network and Fox Sports 1. 

Molly Qerim: FAQs and Interesting Facts About The ESPN Reporter

What ethnicity is Molly Qerim?

PC: TMZ

Qerim was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in communications and a minor in business administration. She received a master’s degree from Quinnipiac University in broadcast journalism. 

In terms of ethnicity, Molly Qerim is half Albanian and half Italian.

Did First Take get rid of Molly?

PC: ESPN

Qerim became the temporary host of ESPN2’s First Take in mid-July 2015. She replaced Cari Champion, who was promoted to ESPN’s flagship show, SportsCenter. She was promoted to a full-time host of First Take on September 15, 2015 and remains at that position.

Ros Gold-Onwude replaced her in 2019 only as a fill-in. 

Can Molly Qerim have kids?

Jalen Rose and wife Molly Qerim-Rose do not have any children together. However, the former star basketball player has three kids of his own from previous relationships.

In April 2018, Molly Qerim announced that she has severe endometriosis.

“The endometriosis was not just in my reproductive organs, it was everywhere,” Qerim told ABC News’ Amy Robach in a “GMA” interview. “On my liver, on my intestines.”

“It had all compiled into a cyst, which burst,” she said. “And then the toxins were all in my body.”

Endometriosis, a medical condition whereby the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus, may affect more than 11 percent of American women between the ages of 15 and 44, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health (aka OWH).

This sickness is especially common for women in their 30s and 40s, and may make it more difficult to become pregnant, the OWH adds. Even though there is no known cure, endometriosis can be managed with treatment.

What did LaVar ball say to Molly?

LaVar Ball argued that his on-air comments to ESPN host Molly Qerim were misconstrued and that her mind was “in the gutter.”

Ball was scrutinized for his remarks to Qerim after she asked him to “switch gears” to another topic in an interview during the June 17 episode of ESPN’s “First Take.” 

His response to Qerim — “You can switch gears with me anytime” 

While critics called this inappropriate, Ball quickly fired back against them on Saturday, saying his words were misconstrued.

“I meant no sexual intent … ‘Switch gears’ means changing topics to me,” Ball told a Twitter user in a video posted online.

“Her mind in the gutter if she thinking something else. Only time I hit on her is if she’s breaking into my house and I mistake her for the Boogeyman.”

In light of the controversy, ESPN spokesman Michael Skarka stated that the network does not plan to invite Ball to appear on air again in the future.

What is wrong with Molly Qerim?

ESPN host Molly Qerim has been open about her health battle with endometriosis. Particularly to help other women who may be struggling to “feel like they’re not alone.”

Molly Qerim painfully revealed that she was first diagnosed with endometriosis seven years ago.

“The endometriosis was not just in my reproductive organs, it was everywhere,” Qerim told ABC News’ Amy Robach in a “GMA” interview. “On my liver, on my intestines.”

“It had all compiled into a cyst, which burst,” she said. “And then the toxins were all in my body.”

As there is no cure, Qerim said she was put on the medication Lupron to treat her endometriosis, but the side effects felt too severe.

“I was getting injections into my back, which was awesome,” she quipped. “Pain is just running down your leg.”

“It put my body into menopause,” she added. “I gained a lot of weight. I didn’t feel myself: mentally, emotionally, physically.”

Qerim said she eventually turned to acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medicine, and found success. 

It “has been a saving grace,” she told ABC News.

Is Molly Qerim being replaced?

No, Molly Qerim is not being replaced as she is still working for ESPN.

Ros Gold-Onwude, a 33-year-old Queens, N.Y. native began her new role as a fill-in host for Molly. 

Gold-Onwude was a fill in host for usual host Molly Qerim. Ros Gold-Onwude has been on the rise in sports media the last few years as a sideline reporter and analyst for NBA on TNT, NBATV, the Pac-12 Network and other outlets.

“Geek to join this huge platform w/Stephen A & Ma while filling in for the fabulous Molly Qerim!” Gold-Onwude she announced on Twitter. “1st show is tomorrow (Thurs).”

Why did Molly Qerim leave first take?

We assume it was due to her severe medical condition – endometriosis where patients show symptoms of the health condition including severe pain, bleeding or spotting, infertility, and stomach or digestive problems.

Who is Molly Qerim’s husband?

Jalen Rose is currently known as the co-host of ESPN sports talk show ‘Get Up’ but he was a professional basketball player. He played for six teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA) which includes Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, among others. As a prolific shooting guard with the Indiana Pacers, Rose led his team on three consecutive occasions to the Eastern Conference events which include the 2000 NBA finals.

The gifted basketball player is married to Molly Qerim, who also works at ESPN as the host of First Take. The couple dated for two years before they finally tied the knot on 20th July 2018, in what was reported to be a secret wedding. They have two children, a daughter named Gracie Rose and a son, LaDarius.The former NBA superstar has another child, a daughter named Maria Christen Rose with his former girlfriend, Maurie Goens.

FUN FACT: The former shooting guard stands at a towering height of 6 feet 8 inches (2.7). Molly stands at 5 feet 6 inches or 1.68 m.

Interesting Facts About Molly Qerim

Her Full Name 

American sports anchor and moderator for ESPN’s First Take Molly Qerim was born as Molly Rose on March 31, 1984. 

She’s a ‘Female Pioneer’ in UFC Broadcasting

Qerim’s NFL Network bio describes her as a “female pioneer in the UFC broadcast industry” who’s covered the sport since 2007 for ESPN and VERSUS, including a stint as the host of UFC Live on ESPN. Watch a clip from the show in the video above.

She’s also co-hosted the MMA Awards show since 2007.

She Won an Emmy While at ESPN

Molly Qerim began her career as a reporter and anchor for CBS Sports Network where she covered everything from college football to National Signing Day, the NCAA Tournament and the U.S. Open. While at the network she also hosted a variety of college-focused shows, including SEC Tailgate Show, Full Court Press  and Bracket Breakdown.

It was at ESPN, however, that Qerim’s career truly took off.

In addition to her UFC duties, she co-hosted College Football Live and Fantasy Football Now and ESPNU’s Campus Countdown. 

She is an Emmy winner for her contributions to Fantasy Football Now.

After her stint at NFL Network, Qerim returned to ESPN in July 2015 as the host of First Take, replacing Cari Champion who left the show to become an anchor on SportsCenter.

She Went to UConn & Has a Master’s From Quinnipiac University

Qerim has degrees from two different Connecticut universities: A bachelor’s in communications from UConn with a minor in business administration, and a master’s from Quinnipiac University in Hamden.

She said in the ESPN chat that she counts UConn basketball and football among her favorite teams. She’s had plenty to cheer about there on the basketball front, the Huskies having national championships in men’s and women’s hoops in 2014. Not so much on the football front, where the Huskies fired the aforementioned Pasqualoni last year and are attempting to re-build under Bob Diaco.

She’s From the Same Home Town as Brian Leetch, Brad Ausmus & James Van Der Beek

Qerim grew up in Cheshire, Connecticut, a New Haven suburb known in part for producing high-profile sports figures. The town also produced hockey Hall of Famer Brian Leetch and Detroit Tigers manager and former big league catcher Brad Ausmus. 

Cheshire is also the hometown of former Syracuse and UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni and actor James Van Der Beek.

Cheshire is on the border of Boston sports territory and New York sports territory, and Qerim told fans in an ESPN SportsNation chat that she splits her sports loyalties between the two cities, rooting for the Yankees, Giants and Celtics.


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