Shannon Sharpe has received widespread attention for his recent interview with Katt Williams, but he’s also faced criticism—and he’s wondering why people are so upset.
After leaving FS1’s UNDISPUTED with Skip Bayless, Sharpe has seen his career reach new heights, particularly with his viral conversation with Katt Williams on Club Shay Shay. The interview has garnered 33 million views and sparked discussions across various platforms.
Following the Katt Williams interview on Club Shay Shay, some people praised Sharpe for being well-prepared, while others criticized his interviewing skills. It’s clear that not everyone is as smart as they think they are.
— 500 🏎 (@Kameron_Hay) January 4, 2024
However, with great attention comes criticism, and Sharpe has not been spared. Some claim that he should have intervened while Katt Williams made controversial remarks about other comedians, and others argue that a non-journalist should not have conducted such a viral interview.
Sharpe took the opportunity to address these criticisms during his Nightcap podcast with Chad Ochocinco. According to Complex, Sharpe responded to the backlash by acknowledging that success often attracts detractors. He emphasized that the interview’s 27 million viewers are a testament to its impact and relevance.
“Sometimes the only success they get to taste is taking a bite out of you,” Sharpe said at the 47:11 mark. “Leave him alone. I’m doing what I’m doing, obviously, 27 million people thought enough like, ‘Oh, he’s sitting down with Katt.’
Word of mouth, maybe they saw a snippet or something, ‘Maybe I need to sit down and watch this. It’s two hours, 46 minutes, and five seconds. When was the last time somebody sat down for a non-sporting event, two hours, 46 minutes, and five seconds and watched and listened?”
Sharpe’s interview style with Katt Williams allowed the comedian to be comfortable and authentic. It’s clear why a seasoned journalist would not have elicited the same responses from Williams.
— BRE (@brethawriter) January 4, 2024
The unprecedented attention has significantly expanded Sharpe’s audience, as evidenced by his YouTube channel surpassing 2 million subscribers. This success serves as validation that leaving UNDISPUTED was a blessing in disguise.
Sharpe expresses gratitude to his followers and subscribers for their unwavering support, acknowledging their belief in him long before his recent accomplishments.
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) January 6, 2024
Sharpe also addressed the criticism regarding his qualifications to interview Katt Williams, emphasizing that he never claimed to be a journalist but rather an entertainer. He reiterated his intention to bring high-profile guests on his show and allow them to share insights in a conversational manner.
“I told you when I first started this, I said I’m going to try to bring you some of the biggest celebs, entertainers, and athletes I can bring, and I’m going to allow them to have a conversation and maybe tell you something or share something with you that they’ve never said,”said Sharpe.
“That was it. I never said I was a journalist. I never professed to be a journalist. I’m an entertainer. If you want hard-hitting questions, ’60 Minutes’ is the platform for you. ‘Dateline.’ ’48 Hours.’ Go to Lester Holt.”
Sharpe confronts his detractors, standing firm in his approach and intentions for his show.
— Nightcap (@NightcapShow_) January 7, 2024
Despite the ongoing criticism, Sharpe remains focused on his career and has undoubtedly found new opportunities as a result of the attention he’s received.