Who is Joy Taylor? Former Fox Sports “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed” presenter and “The Herd” co-host

Born Joy Allison Taylor on 17 January 1987, she is an American radio personality and television host for Fox Sports 1. She works as a moderator for the channel’s studio show “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed”. Amongst other things, Taylor has worked at 790 AM The Ticket in Miami, and she has also hosted Thursday Night Live and Fantasy Football Today on CBSSports.com.

Beauty and brains may well be one of the most lethal combinations known to man. It is hard to contend with or dismiss anyone who has both. As the beauty grabs your attention, the brains, in turn, support it with brilliance to hold your attention and keep you glued. That is what Joy Taylor embodies. A beautiful woman with the brains and craftmanship to go with it. For years, she has dazzled on screen and air with her vibrant style of show hosting.

She is today one of the most admired TV reporters in the industry. Her impeccable sense of humour and on-screen presence charms the audience. While Joy is mostly known for her work as an OAP, she also owns the entertainment blog JoyTaylorTalks.com where she blogs about entertainment, sports and lifestyle. Keep reading to learn more about the life and career of this well-loved presenter. First, see these fun facts about her.

10 facts about Joy Taylor

  1. Taylor was the host of the radio show “The Noise” and served as the manager for her alma mater’s radio station WBRY 1640 AM while finishing her degree.
  2. Taylor’s brother is former NFL defensive end Jason Taylor, who played 15 seasons in the National Football League and was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017.
  3. Joy has always been sports-oriented from her youth, and during high school she participated in track events and played basketball.
  4. She was previously married to Richard Giannotti, the president of Athlete Asset Management and the Global Wealth management Sports financial adviser.
  5. In 2018, she got engaged to former NBA point guard and head coach Earl Watson. The pair split in 2019.
  6. When she is not watching sports Taylor says she watches “Law and Order SVU” and “Say Yes to the Dress” television shows.
  7. Joy has a podcast titled “Maybe I’m Crazy with Joy Taylor”, which she hosts alongside Brandon Newman, and it focuses on NBA, NFL & Internet News.
  8. Joy initially tried to play soccer, but her career ended prematurely due to a critical injury.
  9. In September 2017, Joy revealed on an episode of “Undisputed” that she had been a victim of domestic abuse, and while she described her ordeal, Taylor did not mention the culprit.
  10. Joy Taylor estimated net worth is around $1 million, and her main source of income is her job as a TV and radio host.

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Early life, family and education

Joy Allison Taylor was born to her parents, Georgia Taylor and Anthony Taylor, on January 17, 1987, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She grew in a large family of seven kids. Her older brother, Jason, is a footballer who played defensive end and outside linebacker in the National Football League from 1997 to 2011. The Miami Dolphins picked him as a third-round 73rd pick in the 1997 NFL draft. He earned a place in the Pro Bowl team six times and qualified as a First-team All-Pro thrice. Jason also got the league’s Defensive Player of the Year once and the AFC Defensive Player of the Year twice. Jason is now retired and has been named in the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Joy Taylor and her brother Jason
Joy Taylor and her brother Jason

She showed early signs of being a potential media personality as she spent most of her time interviewing and talking with her two siblings, Jason Taylor and Noah Taylor. Unsurprisingly, she went on to pursue a course in broadcasting at Barry University and graduated in 2009.


Joy’s career began while she was in the university. It is safe to say that her stint at the university radio played a role in helping her master public speaking skills. It was the perfect training and preparation for the professional world.

Barry University

Joy studied broadcast communications at Barry University and graduated with a bachelors in 2009. During her time there, she acted as the host and manager for Barry University radio station, WBRY 1640 AM. There, she had the privilege of working with the likes of Joe Rose, DJ Laz, Sid Rosenberg, and Don Sileo.

After leaving the university, Joy got the chance to work for the radio station called 790 AM The Ticket in Miami. At first, she worked in the position of executive producer and soon became a co-host of the radio’s popular morning show, The Ticket Morning Show.

Taylor worked with CBSSports.com as the host of Fantasy Football Today, and Thursday Night Live. Joy’s talent was unmistakable and her style contagious.

FOX Sports radio

During her stint as an anchor on the CBSSports.com show, FOX Sports executives noticed Taylor Joy. At the time, the popular channel needed a host with a strong personality and ample knowledge that could fill in and do various sports. She joined them in 2016. Her breakthrough in the Fox organization came when she had to replace Kristine Leahy in one of the episodes of The Herd with Colin Cowherd. On March 17, 2016, she made her first TV appearance, serving as a guest news reporter on the Fox Sports 1 radio talk show titled “The Herd with Colin Cowherd”.

Skip and Shannon undisputed

Following her first rodeo on TV, she became a moderator for Fox Sports 1 sports debate show named “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed”. Taylor did the show alongside commentators Skip Bayless and former CBS Sports analyst and former NFL tight end, Shannon Sharpe. The show soon became popular among sports audiences and enthusiasts.

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Skip and Shannon: Undisputed flyer

Joy’s success in all her endeavours within the organization earned her a leading anchor role in one of their most popular shows, “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd, as a result, she fully transitioned from the “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed” in 2018 and has remained as co-host on The Herd ever since. Jenny Taft replaced her as moderator of the ‘Undisputed’ sports show.

In 2020, she launched a new show on Caffeine.tv, where she interacts and debates with the audience on topics surrounding sports and entertainment.

Colin Cowherd (net worth and wife)

Born Colin Murray Cowherd on 6 January 1964, he is an American sports media personality. He began his broadcasting career as sports director of Las Vegas television station KVBC. 

Colin joined ESPN in 2003, where he hosted a radio show on the ESPN Radio network and also became one of the original hosts of ESPN’s television program “SportsNation”. He is the host of “The Herd” with Joy Taylor on Fox Sports Radio and Fox Sports.

The 57-year-old Colin Cowherd net worth is estimated to be a staggering $25 million with a yearly income of $6 million. He earns through his many sports shows across different networks, and he has also written a couple of books.

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Cowherd has been married twice. He married his ex-wife, Kimberly Ann Vadala, in 1996, and they were together for 11 years. Colin remarried in 2010, three years after his divorce, and is currently married to Ann Cowherd. Obviously, the man must have a thing for Anns.

Colin Cowherd and Joy Taylor
Colin and Joy Taylor on set of The Herd

Many mistake Joy Taylor and Colin Cowherd for a couple of lovebirds, but that is far from the truth. They appear to be co-hosts and nothing more.

Personal life

Joy has had her fair share of drama in her personal life over the years. Her relationships haven’t quite worked out well. She was once married to Richard Giannotti, President of Athlete Asset Management. The couple met in a conference and dated for a couple of years before tying the knot at a lavish ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Banks, on 13 February 2016.

Giannotti was a baseball player for the LA Angels who spent the majority of his career in the minor leagues from 2004 to 2006. At the end of his football career, he transitioned into sports management. He is a financial adviser at Global Wealth Management Sports and Entertainment.

Joy’s marriage to Richard didn’t last long, as the couple split a year after in 2017.

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Taylor and ex husband, Richard Giannotti

Earl Watson

Not too long after her separation from ex-husband Giannotti, Joy started seeing former NBA point guard and head coach Earl Watson. They got engaged in 2018 and even bought a house worth almost $3 million together in 2019. The union was, however, never to be, and they called off the engagement later in 2019 for undisclosed reasons.

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Joy and ex fiancé, Earl Watson

Domestic violence

In September 2017, at a time when domestic violence was being discussed nationwide, Joy Taylor revealed that she had been a victim as well. She didn’t reveal who her abuser was but described her ordeal in detail.

Speaking during an episode of Undisputed, she explained, “I have survived domestic violence. Horrible things. I’ve had someone 6ft2′ try to choke me and suffocate me at the same time throw me downstairs, kick me in my chest after dragging me out of the car. I could go on and on.”

If she wasn’t protecting the man she had been involved with at the time, our guess will be that this happened before her stardom.

Joy Taylor net worth

As aforementioned, Taylor’s estimated net worth is $1 million. Her main source of income is her job as a TV and radio host.


Joy’s career is an example of what happens when one is a master of their craft. She knows her onions and brings her A-game everything, and because of this, she keeps flying. There remain many giant strides for her to make yet, and we are confident she will make them. Here’s to her continued success.

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