The levels and levels of Hollywood fame are real.
Pro Football Hall of Famer and ESPN personality Shannon Sharpe was humiliated by the paparazzi when he was waved aside as actress Selena Gomez walked past him Monday night .
Footage from a paparazzi camera shows Sharpe engaging in conversation with them outside Giorgio Baldi’s home in Los Angeles, before Gomez approaches from behind to get into his getaway car, a posted TMZ about it.
As Sharpe answers a question from the cameraman about the United States’ performance at the FIBA World Cup, he cuts off the former NFL wide receiver by saying, “Wait, a second” as security guards pave the way for Gomez.
Sharpe apparently didn’t take offense and simply moved out of the way allowing the paparazzi to get footage of the “Love You Like A Love Song” singer.
As soon as the cameraman finished covering Gomez, he quickly returned to Sharpe and apologized for interrupting him.
“Apologize for that Shannon,” the cameraman says, to which Sharpe simply responds “no, bruh, you’re good,” before continuing his take on the United States’ recent exit at the FIBA World Cup .
The two then continue their conversation as Sharpe walks towards his gray BMW, while still talking about the American team.
The photographer then delivers his final words to congratulate Sharpe on his new hosting role alongside Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s First Take.
But, before Sharpe continued on his way, he asked about Deion Sanders and the University of Colorado’s spirited college football team.
“Is Deion doing his thing?” asks the cameraman.
“Hey, Coach Prime does it!” Sharpe leaves.
“And did you like the way he responded to threats that this kid (Colorado State’s Henry Blackburn) was recovering from a football game?” adds the cameraman.
“The kid didn’t deserve it. I mean, it was an illegal stunt; we all know that,” Sharpe responds. “But he didn’t deserve death threats,” Sharpe says before closing his door.
While the paparazzi may prefer to take shots at Gomez rather than Sharpe, the former Denver Broncos tight end is a media darling in his own right and recently made a major career move.
Sharpe’s last day as co-host of FS1’s “Undisputed” with Skip Bayless was June 15 before moving to rival network ESPN.
Sharpe’s debut on First Take on September 4 set the record for the second-most viewers of the ESPN broadcast for the year, with 727,000 viewers, SportsTVRatings’ ClutchPoints reported.
New York Post