Jemele Hill taken a ton of shots from Clay Travis over the years, but has never really responded. That has changed.
On Tuesday, Atlantic writer Jemele Hill guest starred on the podcast Le Batard And Friends for a segment called “An Honest Conversation About ESPN, Rachel Nichols & Maria Taylor.” This past weekend, the New York Times released leaked audio and footage from July 2020 that featured Nichols suggesting that Taylor received Nichols’ original position to host NBA Countdown because of her race.
“I wish Maria Taylor all the success in the world — she covers football, she covers basketball,” Nichols said. “If you need to give her more things to do because you are feeling pressure about your crappy longtime record on diversity — which, by the way, I know personally from the female side of it — like, go for it. Just find it somewhere else. You are not going to find it from me or taking my thing away.”
On the podcast, Hill discussed this controversy and shared her belief that ESPN was being led by “idiots” like Clay Travis. At the 12:50 mark:
“They let a false narrative persist about our show that people ran away with,” Hill goes on. “They let the idiots in the room control the conversation, people like Clay Travis. They allowed those people to direct their course of action. They panicked, and suddenly, they were very intentional about the things that they were doing in our show. They wanted black faces. They didn’t necessarily want black voices.”
Podcast host Dan Le Batard also disparaged Travis during the conversation referring to him as a “sh*t stain” at the 3:57 mark.
Travis has since responded by calling her a “failure.”
“My good friend Jemele Hill called me an idiot for calling out the woke brigade at ESPN and pointing out how they always fail,” Travis said. “The woker you are, the more you fail when it comes to producing a substantial audience in the world of sports. The data does not lie. You fail if you decide to be woke.”
“Jemele Hill, failure. Bomani Jones, failure. Pablo Torre, failure. Rachel Nichols now, failure. Max Kellerman, failure,” Travis continued. “All of these guys fail when they are compared with other people in their line of work who are doing legitimately decent, interesting, in the world of sports takes.”
“Jemele Hill called me an idiot for pointing out a truth,” Travis said. “That her show failed, because she wasn’t that interesting and she wasn’t that engaging and the mass audience at ESPN didn’t respond to her.”
“Dan Le Batard’s radio show, failed on traditional radio,” the Outkick founder and conservative radio host added. “People weren’t interesting in listening to it, maybe it will do well as a podcast.”