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REPORT: Jemele Hill Leaving SportsCenter to Go Work Fulltime at The Undefeated
Outspoken ESPN anchor Jemele Hill is leaving SportsCenter to take a staff position at The Undefeated, according to a report from Sports Illustrated‘s Richard Deitsch.
Hill, who has co-hosted ESPN’s experimental 6pm SportsCenter for the past year along with Michael Smith, has been the subject of considerable controversy in recent months. In September she called President Donald Trump a white supremacist, sparking a heated feud with the Tweeter-in-Chief. In October she was suspended by ESPN for calling out Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for punishing players who kneel during the national anthem.
This is certainly not the kind of career trajectory you expect from big name ESPN talent. Making the transition from broadcasting back to writing may seem like a demotion. However, according to ESPN sources who spoke to Deitsch, Hill actually requested this reassignment.
The Undefeated describes itself as “the premier platform for exploring the intersections of race, sports and culture,” and apparently Hill wants to work somewhere where she could pursue her passions. Though this change will decrease the size of the audience Hill reaches on a daily basis, she should have more freedom to express her opinions than she did before.
At this point it’s still unclear whether ESPN plans to continue SC6 without Hill or go in a different direction entirely.
One things’s for sure, though. Donald Trump will almost certainly try to spin this as a tremendous victory for himself as soon as he hears about it on Fox News.
Hat Tip – [Awful Announcing]