Hill will instead reportedly host town hall shows for the network and write regularly for the ESPN site the Undefeated.
Jemele Hill is leaving her role as a co-anchor of ESPN’s SportsCenter, a move that comes months after Hill called President Donald Trump a white supremacist on Twitter, fueling a national discussion about the intersections of race, sports, and politics.
Reports of Hill’s departure surfaced early on Friday by the Hollywood Reporter and Sports Illustrated. According to both outlets, Hill will remain at ESPN to work for the Undefeated, an online vertical focused on race, sports, and culture.
A person familiar with the matter, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, told Vox that Hill’s departure from SportsCenter is of her own choosing, and that she approached ESPN with the decision to leave. Those claims have been corroborated by reports in Sports Illustrated, CNN Money, and other outlets. ESPN has yet to release an official statement, and Hill has not commented on the matter publicly.
Hill began hosting the 6 pm hour of SportsCenter last February. She was thrust into the national spotlight shortly after white supremacist-fueled violence rocked Charlottesville, Virginia, last year when she tweeted that President Donald Trump “is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists,” adding that he was “the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime.”
At the time, Hill’s comments quickly attracted condemnation from the White House, with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying that the remarks about the president were a “fireable offense.” President Trump also demanded an apology from the network.
ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth!
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