The first time Gilbert Arenas and Mia Khalifa met together with the producers of their new sports talk show, they alighted on the same question.

“Are we allowed to swear on this show?” Khalifa recalled with a laugh this week.

They are, as it turns out. And the question probably reveals something of the tenor for their joint venture. “Out of Bounds,” a daily program scheduled to premiere Oct. 16 on Complex News’s YouTube Channel, will bring “the comments section to real life,” according to a Tuesday news release announcing the endeavor. The show will also personify “the rawness of social media commentary in an authentic way,” according to the release. And it will be led by two personalities who built massive online followings out of their willingness to say just about anything.

Arenas, the one-time Washington Wizards star, has stayed almost entirely out of traditional media since his playing career ended, instead relying on sometimes outrageous Instagram videos and comments to communicate to the public. Khalifa, who parlayed a brief dalliance with adult movies into an unexpected career as a social media star, creates regular headlines with her similarly unfiltered approach.

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Gilbert Arenas, Mia Khalifa, Out Of Bounds
Coming for either of these 2 on social media, especially the comment section of their show on YouTube may cause severe cerebral injury.

Can you imagine how the comment section will look tonight?

For Complex News, the goal was to create “an anti-sports show sports show,” a program that feels “as close to the commentary that is happening in living rooms and on social media as possible,” according to Noah Callahan-Bever, the company’s chief content officer. And so, the fact that Arenas and Khalifa have made their biggest marks on social media in recent years? That’s a feature, not a bug.

“How are we going to create a product that is competitive in a sports landscape that is fairly crowded, and create a product that is totally differentiated in its voice?” Callahan-Bever asked. “We’re going to have to get people that are totally differentiated in their voice, people that ESPN and Fox would never even entertain putting on their platform, but that are compelling, and that we can demonstrate are compelling. … Just like Gilbert, there is a rawness to [Khalifa] and to the way she talks about sports that I think is going to create a package that cannot be replicated by any of these more mainstream competitors.”

The show will mark a return to the mainstream for Arenas, who in just a few years went from an NBA all-star and one of the sport’s most likable and charismatic players to a little-used reserve who appeared radioactive to sponsors. He stopped playing more than five years ago — while continuing to get paid from his last, massive deal — and headed home to Southern California, where he became a regular on TMZ and other gossip blogs.

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Callahan-Bever had identified Arenas as a dream host for Complex years ago, worrying that he would “go to the grave thinking, if only we could have pulled that off.” The network began to seriously envision a daily sports show after the success of its hip-hop themed YouTube show “Everyday Struggle,” which launched this spring, and when Callahan-Bever called Arenas, the 35-year-old immediately expressed interest. Before his career petered out amid injuries and the locker room gun incident in Washington, Arenas had been hailed as one of the first superstar athletes to embrace the Internet, and to do so with the honesty and humor that Complex wanted.

“When you have that confluence of hyper intelligence and total candor with a proclivity for hyperbole, you end up getting just the best quotes in the world, and he is definitely cut from that cloth,” Callahan-Bever said. “When we did a rough cut, literally from the moment we had a little pregame meeting in the conference room all the way through calling cut, every single thing he said I was like, ‘Oh my God this will make news. This is amazing.”

Gilbert Arenas, Mia Khalifa, Out Of Bounds, NBA, YouTube

How much savagery will we witness as a result of these 2?

Arenas’s internet humor, though, has sometimes left sports fans wishing he had a stronger filter. In recent years, he’s mocked the victims of the Flint water crisis, claimed he’s used his credit card to illegally obtain cash to pay for strippers, and made comments about the WNBA so offensive that the league released a statement calling them “repugnant, utterly disrespectful and flat-out wrong.”

Arenas’s internet humor, though, has sometimes left sports fans wishing he had a stronger filter. In recent years, he’s mocked the victims of the Flint water crisis, claimed he’s used his credit card to illegally obtain cash to pay for strippers, and made comments about the WNBA so offensive that the league released a statement calling them “repugnant, utterly disrespectful and flat-out wrong.” Original post for this was published with The Washington Post.

In case you missed it (ICYMI) here is their first episode

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