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New York Giants wide receiver, Odell Beckham Jr. is set to appear on the first episode of LeBron James’ talk show since it’s move to HBO.

New York Giants superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has no shortage of famous friends. He’s close friends with musician Drake, took Giancarlo Stanton out on the town after the latter’s trade to the Yankees, and took a ride in soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo’s personalized car.

Add NBA superstar LeBron James to the list of celebrities Beckham Jr. has a connection with. According to Marisa Guthrie of The Hollywood Reporter, HBO has picked up James’ talk show The Shop, and Beckham is appearing on the first episode (August 28 at 11 p.m.).

The Shop is a talk show set in a barber shop, and it has been on The Uninterrupted since 2016 before being picked up by HBO. According to James:

“This show is real, it’s candid and it’s the essence of conversation. And we know with social media and text being the way people communicate, the form of conversation, actually talking, is kind of lost art.”

The show is a half hour long and features James and his associate Maverick Carter talking to various people in a barber shop. James’ reason for picking a barbershop?

“When I was a kid, being in barbershops meant listening to adults talk about sports, clothing, politics, music, everything happened in the shop. It was so real and so candid; no one had a sense of, well I can’t be myself here.”


For the record, the conversations are not limited to just a half hour in length. Like many shows, more is filmed and it is then cut to a half hour in length by the production team.

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Beckham Jr. won’t be the only guest to appear on the show either. He will be joined by a laundry list of celebrities, including Snoop Dogg, Jon Stewart, Candace Parker, and Draymond Green (which may get a tad awkward since Green’s Warriors defeated James’ Cavaliers in the NBA Finals for the second straight year).

Beckham Jr. isn’t even the only NFL player who will be appearing on the show, as New Orleans Saints running back and Offensive Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara will appear on the episode.

Topics of conversation could lead anywhere, but one could expect to see a discussion about playing in New York City, as well as possibly the difference in the amount of money that NBA and NFL players make.

James could theoretically ask Beckham Jr. about his frustration with the lack of a long-term contract, as the episode has already been filmed and Beckham has not signed a deal yet. In a month, when the episode airs we’ll know for sure what they spoke about.

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