Ernestine Sclafani | Biography

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  • Full Name Ernestine Sclafani Bayless
  • Nickname Ernestine Sclafani
  • Birth Date 1962
  • Nationality American
  • Occupation Public Relations Guru
  • University Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Relationship Status Married
  • Husband Skip Bayless
  • Husband's Profession Host of Cold Pizza on ESPN2
  • Wedding Date 18 July 2016
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Ernestine Sclafani | Biography

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Ernestine Sclafani is a celebrity wife who is the spouse of well-known TV personality Skip Bayless. She has also gained fame in her own right as a professional public relations expert.

Who is Ernestine Sclafani?

Ernestine Sclafani is a famous celebrity family member. People primarily recognize her as the wife of the TV star Skip Bayless, best known as the host of groundbreaking ESPN TV shows like First Take and Cold Pizza. Besides her husband, she is known professionally as a public relations guru and well-established media relations specialist. 

Although Sclafani began to achieve media attention and TV fame as Bayless’ wife, she herself has a career that has already spanned over 30 years. Beginning in 1985, she worked for around ten years at Bally of Switzerland as their in-house public relations director. 

After that, from 1995 to 2005, Sclafani held the Vice President post at the New York-based organization Edelman Public Relations Worldwide. Similarly, she worked for around 13 and a half years at one of the world’s leading marketing communications and public relations firms, Weber Shandwick. 

Sclafani joined Weber Shandwick in February 2005 and left there in October 2018. Currently, she serves in the position of the Principal at her own public relations firm named Ernestine Sclafani Bayless PR.

Furthermore, Sclafani’s LinkedIn profile indicates she has also done several odd jobs before becoming a public relations expert. Her first job was as an accessories director at the sportswear brand named Izod Lacoste. Similarly, she held the same position at another clothing brand Esmark Apparel.

Age, Early Life, Parents, and Education

Sclafani is a native of Long Island, New York. She was born in 1962, and her current age is 60 years. Unfortunately, she has not revealed her other early life aspects and her parents’ identity to the public.

Further, regarding education, her LinkedIn bio suggests she is an alum of the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Where Did Sclafani First Meet her Husband?

Sclafani and her husband Bayless first met sometime in 2006. They were introduced on the set of Bayless’ TV show Cold Pizza on the ESPN2 network. At that time, Sclafani was doing her job as a public relations officer. Thus, the pair exchanged their cards and soon began dating. 

After going out for four years, Bayless proposed to her for marriage during their flight from Newark to Oklahoma in 2010. The pair remained engaged for another six years before they took their wedding vows on 18 July 2016.

As of now, the pair have completed 15 years together as a couple and five years of marriage. Moreover, on their 5th marriage anniversary, Sclafani wished her husband via a post on her Instagram handle @ernestine.sclafani.bayless. She wrote,

“Happy Anniversary to My Sports Guy! 5 years married today and 15 together total from the moment we met our lives were never the same….life got better! I love you.”

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Ernestine Sclafani and Her Husband Skip Bayless on their 5th Wedding Anniversary (Photo: Instagram)

Despite their longtime relationship, the pair does not have a child yet. During one of Bayless’ recent interviews with VLADTV in January 2022, he revealed the reason for not having a kid yet. He said his obsession with work and tireless work ethic would make him a terrible parent. In his words,

“I just knew that if I continued to work nights and weekends, the way I do obsessively, that I'd be a horrible father.”

However, the Bayless couple has a dog named Hazel, who they consider their daughter. Sclafani has also dedicated a blog for Hazel on her blogging site Her husband Bayless shared about the blog alongside a beautiful family picture on his Instagram handle @skipbayless on 7 May 2020.

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