Ernestine Sclafani was born in 1962, in Long Island, New York, USA, and is a public relations executive, but probably better known for being the wife of television personality Skip Bayless. He is best known for his work on the ESPN2 show entitled “First Take”, alongside Stephen A. Smith until 2016, when he started working for Fox Sports 1.
The Riches of Ernestine Sclafani
How rich is Ernestine Sclafani? As of late-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is over $1 million, earned largely through a successful career in public relations. Her wealth has also likely been elevated by the success of her husband, who has a net worth estimated at $12 million. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life, Education, and Career
Ernestine grew up in Long Island with her parents though there is very little information about her family as well as her childhood. After matriculating from high school, she enrolled at Suffolk County Community College, finishing her education in 1986. The early part of her career has not been revealed because it was a time that she was far from the spotlight.
In 1990, she started working for the company called Ball of Switzerland, and served there for the next 10 years, working her way up the corporate ladder to become the Director of Public Relations. After leaving her work there in 2000, she was hired by the public relations firm Weber Shandwick as the vice-president of the company. Since then, there have been no details on whether or not she is still with the company or pursuing other projects. She only attracted public attention to herself when she became associated with Skip Bayless.
Husband – Skip Bayless
John Edward Bayless II is a television personality, author, and sports columnist. He is the host of “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed” alongside Shannon Sharpe, having been with the show since 2016. He has been interested in sports from a young age, and began sports writing when he was in college as a Grantland Rice Scholar. During the early part of his career, he started out in print journalism, and was known for his work as the lead sports columnist of the “Chicago Tribune”, and for which he won the Lisagor Award for excellence in sports column writing.
While working in print, he was also a well-known radio personality, who could be heard in shows such as “The Fabulous Sports Babe” and “The Jim Rome Show”. In 2004, he moved to a full-time television role, appearing on ESPN2’s “Cold Pizza”, later rebranded as “First Take”. He enjoyed most of his career with the show, staying there until his contract expiration. His current show has been successful, even overtaking ESPN2’s “Sportscenter” in terms of viewership, but it is still a ways behind the success of “First Take”. The show follows a similar theme to others, discussing the latest in sports.
Relationship and Marriage
While Skip has been private about his romantic relationships, he did mentioned that Sclafani is not his first wife. Prior to her, he was married to his high school sweetheart, but the marriage didn’t last, ending in divorce. He’s also been in four long term relationships during his career. On his first date with Ernestine, he mentioned to her that his job is his priority and it will be more important, perhaps a clue to his previous failed relationships. However, he was surprised when she said that her job was important too, and his words didn’t even faze her.
They discovered that they have a lot of similar interests, including the sitcom “I Love Lucy”, Woody Allen, and the music of the 1960s. The couple have maintained their relationship despite their busy work lives – Skip is described as a workaholic, but Sclafani says that he is a good guy, caring, respectful, funny, and shy.
The two initially had a long distance relationship, working weekdays before spending time together on weekends, which apparently often consisted of watching films and sports matches. Eventually they married in 2016, but kept most details secret. Their marriage has been going well since and there are no negative rumors surrounding them.
Ernestine Sclafani on Social Media
One of the reasons why there is very little information about Ernestine’s past and current endeavors is due to the lack of any strong online presence. She does not have accounts on any of the major social media websites such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. There was a Twitter account under her name but it was discontinued. There are also accounts on Facebook under her name, but they are similar to the Twitter account, not having any content after their creation.
Her husband on the other hand is highly active online. He has an account on Twitter on which he does commentary on the latest events in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the National Football League (NFL). He also promotes upcoming episodes of his show. His Facebook page works in a similar capacity, even posting video segments of his show. During this year, he also posted a lengthy and heartfelt message to his mother, who passed away just a few months afterwards. His show has an official YouTube channel, which posts segments of their show as well as a podcast.