Skip Bayless Wife: Ernestine Sclafani Bio & Net Worth

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Ernestine Sclafani is an American media relations specialist and public relations agent from Long Island, New York. She married sports columnist and commentator Skip Bayless on July 28, 2016. 

Skip Bayless is a heavy critic in the sports world, and some of his remarks have left quite a negative impression on sports fans. In addition, his hot takes on famous sports players and teams have given him a controversial image.

Bayless came into a highlight on January 23, 2023, after he threw Dak Prescott’s jersey into a trashcan after his team Dallas Cowboys, suffered a 12-19 loss against the San Francisco 49ers. 

Ernestine Sclafani With Her Husband Skip Bayless
Ernestine Sclafani With Her Husband Skip Bayless (Source: Instagram)

Hence, Sclafani has caught the attention of sports followers for being the wife of Skip Bayless. After all, Bayless prioritizes sports over anything else, so, intriguingly, someone can hold his attention as much as sports. 

Who is Ernestine Sclafani? How did she meet Skip Bayless? In this article, we will share most of the details that you need to know about her.

But before that, let’s go through her quick facts. 

Quick Facts

Full Name Ernestine Sclafani Bayless
Nick Name Ernestine
Date Of Birth August 3, 1962
Birth Place Long Island, New York
Residence Los Angeles, California
Age 61 Years Old
Gender Female
Sexual Orientation Straight
Height 5’7″/1.70 m/170 cm
Weight 50 kg/110 lb
University Fashion Institute of Technology
Horoscope Leo
Religion Christianity 
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Mother’s Name Evelyn Sclafani
Siblings Two
Hair Colour Blonde
Eye Colour Brown
Skin Colour Fair
Marital Status Married (2016)
Husband Skip Bayless
Profession Public Relations Expert
Net Worth $1 Million-$5 Million
Social Media Instagram
Merch Ernestine Sclafani’s Book
Last Update July 2024

Skip Bayless Wife | Early Life, Family, And Education

Ernestine Sclafani was born on August 3, 1962, in Long Island, New York. Her mother, Evelyn Sclafani, was a Jewish who passed away in August 2013 due to pancreatic cancer.

Sclafani’s father was Italian, whose name is currently unknown. She grew up with her two siblings; her brother is a doctor in Manhattan and her sister is a breast surgeon in Ohio.

She went to Suffolk County Community College in Selden, New York. In addition, Sclafani attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

Skip Bayless Wife | Career

Sclafani works as a media relations specialist with many high-profile clients, including celebrities, reality television stars, famous chefs, and authors.

She handles celebrity media tours as well as satellite media tours for influencers. In addition, Ernestine is a public relations expert in fashion, lifestyle, marketing, and event planning.

Before Erenestine started her public relations company in 2018, she was the Vice President for Consumer Media Relations at Weber Shandwick.

She led the product launch for clients like Dunkin Donuts, Oreo, Harley Davidson, Unilever, Motorola, Pedigree, etc.

Ernestine Sclafani Posing For The Camera (Source: Instagram)

Sclafani has worked with The Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, CNN, CBS Early Show, Good Morning America, Huffington Post, and many more. 

She was the Vice President at Edelman Public Relations Worldwide from 1995 to 2005. As a fashion and communications student, she was involved with different fashion brands and manufacturing companies.

In September 2019, Sclafani published Balls: How to keep your relationship alive when you live with a sports-obsessed guy.

The book talks about her married life with Skip Bayless and how she learned to compromise living with a crazy sports fan.


Sclafani is very outgoing and loves to engage in various activities like running, swimming, and golf. Similarly, she plays ping-pong with her friends during her leisure time.

Her favorite food is pizza, but she likes to maintain a healthy diet, so she eats it once a week. In addition, she enjoys watching tv shows, and her favorites include I love Lucy and Jeopardy.

A picture Of Ernestine On A Golf Trip With Her Husband, Skip Bayless (Source: Instagram)

She also shares her love for tv shows and movies with her husband, Skip Bayless. They bonded over their love for tv shows and 60s music at the beginning of their relationship.

The couple loves to go on vacations together. Since they are busy with work most days, they travel together at least once a year.

Marriage And Kids

Sclafani met her husband, Skip Bayless, on the set of the sports talk show Cold Pizza on ESPN2. She was a part of their public relations team, and they got to know each other during a meeting.

Bayless told Sclafani that he would always put sports over any woman, but they still ended up falling for each other. They were in long-distance relationship because they were both busy with their professional lives in different states.

In 2010, Bayless proposed to Sclafani while they were on a plane from Newark to Oklahoma. They had a private wedding ceremony on July 18, 2016.

Their marriage was so spontaneous that even their friends and family were unaware of it. The only people who attended the wedding were the judge, a bailiff, and others chamber members. 

Ernestine and Skip do not have any children. Instead, they have a Maltese dog named Hazel which can be seen on their social media platforms. 

Net Worth

Ernestine Sclafani has been working in public relations for more than two decades. As a public relations officer, people make around $50-$70k annually, so we can assume Sclafani has a similar earning.

The PR agent has an estimated net worth between $1 million-$5 million in 2024.

Similarly, Skip Bayless has an estimated net worth of $17 million. He makes an annual salary of $5 million as an American sports columnist, commentator, and television personality.

Social Media Presence

Sclafani loves to share moments from her personal and professional life online. She also uses social media to promote her book and her blogs.

Instagram: 11.9k followers


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Sclafani is very supportive of her husband and job, and she often travels with him to keep him company.

We can find pictures of her husband, dog, and shopping trips with friends on her Instagram. 

Why is Skip Bayless famous?

Skip Bayless is a renowned sports columnist and television personality. He was a commentator on the popular sports talk show First Take with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN2.

After quitting the show in June 2016, he returned to television with a new show, Skip and Shannon: Undisputed with Shannon Sharpe. It premiered on Fox Sports 1 in September 2016.

Sports Columnist And Television Personality Skip Bayless (Source: Vox)

Bayless began writing about sports when he was still a junior in high school. After graduating in 1974, he started working at The Miami Herald as a sportswriter.

He has worked with multiple newspapers like Los Angeles Times, Dallas Times Herald, and Chicago Tribune.

He was named Texas Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 1979, 1984, and 1986. Similarly, Bayless was voted Illinois Sportswriter of the Year in 2000.

He worked in a few sports radio talk shows before being hired full-time for a television show on ESPN2.


Ernestine Sclafani is an American media relations specialist and public relations agent. Besides, she is also famous as the wife of Skip Bayless. 

Ernestine Sclafani Search Graph 2023
Ernestine Sclafani Search Graph 2023 (Source: Google Trend)

The graph shows her search trends for 12 months. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who was Skip Bayless' first wife?

Skip Bayles's first wife's name is currently unknown. He was married to a woman from his high school. However, their marriage didn't last long, as they separated after a couple of years. Bayless opened up about being in four committed relationships before meeting Ernestine Sclafani.

Does Skip Bayless have a daughter?

No, Skip Bayless and his wife do not have children. But, they endearingly like to refer to their dog, Hazel, as their daughter. The two do not plan on having any kids at the moment. 

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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