Some people who have known Bayless personally for decades don’t recognize the guy on the air, at all. But the 62-year-old Bayless insists it’s not an act. There’s also a funny little tidbit about Bayless’ Friday-night routine with girlfriend Ernestine Sclafani:
She lives in Manhattan, and he’s mostly in Connecticut. They reunite on weekends, and on Fridays, they’ll watch a week’s worth of Jeopardy! episodes — “He competes with me,” Sclafani says — before catching a movie.