Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith is a nightly one-hour television show on ESPN2 hosted by Philadelphia Inquirer columnist and ESPN reporter Stephen A. Smith. The show premiered on August 1, 2005, and was cancelled on January 11, 2007. Smith called the cancellation a "failure" on his part. "Remember, it was 'Quite Frankly With Stephen A. Smith.' The buck stopped with me," Smith states. "This was not ESPN's fault - it was mine." The final episode aired on January 12, 2007.
Quite Frankly's format included discussion on topics including the worlds of sports, politics and current events. Regular features on Quite Frankly included Wednesday's "Front Page Panel"; a forum for figures from outside the sports world to discuss athletes' impact on popular culture. Friday's "Back Page Panel" was a roundtable discussion among sportswriters and columnists from across the United States. The "A-List", a Top 5 countdown of the hottest topics in any given sport. And on Tuesdays, the "Football Panel"; a freeform discussion of current developments in the NFL.