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Posted Monday 7/23/18 at 9:27AM EDT
Jemele Hill says she plans to leave ESPN after 12 years
Months after she was removed from SportsCenter's "SC6" show and a spat with President Trump, Hill announced that she plans to leave the sports cable network to produce shows behind the camera about race and gender. “As much as I’d like to tell you about Golden State’s latest game or tell you about why Jacksonville can win the Super Bowl, some days I just didn’t give a sh*t because of everything else that was happening in this country," Hill said Sunday at OZY Fest.
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 5:52PM EDT
ESPN's Jemele Hill and Michael Smith reunite on Around the Horn
The former SportsCenter "SC6" co-anchors, whose controversial show was canceled earlier this year after 13 months, reunited on today's episode of the sports punditry show, with Smith serving as guest-host and Hill as a panelist.
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 1:32PM EDT
ESPN is divided by politics: New president says we're not "a political organization"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
According to The Hollywood Reporter, new ESPN president James Pitaro "is asserting his leadership of ESPN at a time of internal division at the network, which is caught in the crosshairs of the Trump culture wars and the worsening economics of cable TV." The internal divide has pitted "woke" performers like Jemele Hill against the "Bristol tradition." As one executive notes, ESPN is painted as a liberal network when much of the leadership is actually conservative. "The network itself takes a terrific knock for being some kind of pinko lefty operation,” says one executive, adding that ESPN's Bristol headquarters "is not a bastion of liberalism. And it's laughable that that's the perception." Pitaro's mandate has been to calm the waters of the political divide. Upon taking over earlier this year, Pitaro told employees ESPN is not "a political organization. Of course there will be an intersection between sports and politics. We will cover that fairly. But we are focused on serving the sports fan.” ALSO: A black ESPN executive reportedly called Jemele Hill and Michael Smith's "SC6" SportsCenter "too black."
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 9:13PM EDT
Report: ESPN bosses are telling the network's most outspoken hosts to be careful on Twitter in wake of the Roseanne Barr controversy
Source: New York Post
According to the New York Post, "ESPN was specifically reaching out to the most politically outspoken of its broadcasters. Jemele Hill, Keith Olbermann and Kenny Mayne are the ones most frequently associated with venturing outside of sports."
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 9:55PM EDT
President Trump's grievances with Disney CEO Bob Iger have to do with Jemele Hill, Joy Behar, Keith Olbermann and Kathy Griffin
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said today the White House isn't defending Roseanne Barr's "inappropriate" comments. Rather, she said Trump's tweet this morning about not getting an apology from Iger over "the HORRIBLE statements" said about him was an attempt to point out media bias against him. “The president is pointing to the hypocrisy in the media, saying the most horrible things about this president and nobody addresses it,” Sanders said. “Where was Bob Iger’s apology to White House staff for (ESPN’s) Jemele Hill calling the President, and anyone associated with him, a white supremacist? To Christians around the world, for Joy Behar calling Christianity a mental illness? Where was the apology for Kathy Griffin going on a profane rant against the President on The View after a photo showed her holding President Trump’s decapitated head? And, where was the apology from Bob Iger for ESPN hiring Keith Olbermann after his numerous expletive-laced tweets attacking the President as a Nazi, even expanding Olbermann’s role after that attack against the President’s family? This is the double standard that the President is speaking about." ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel mocks Trump's tweet demanding an apology from Iger.
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 5:28PM EDT
ESPN names new SportsCenter anchors to take over the 6 p.m. timeslot from Jemele Hill and Michael Smith
Source: New York Post
Sage Steele and Kevin Negandhi will helm the 6 p.m. SportsCenter starting on Monday. ESPN is reverting back to the "SportsCenter" name after calling the show "SC6" during the Hill-Smith era.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 11:05PM EST
Jemele Hill says she chose to leave SportsCenter, but Michael Smith's exit was reportedly "not voluntary"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
“One down, one to go," ESPN executive Norby Williamson was heard to have said before a large group of people when Hill announced her departure, says The Hollywood Reporter. According to the publication's sources, Smith's exit "was not voluntary. And his deal stipulates that he remain as the 6 p.m. anchor on ESPN for three years. He is a little more than a year into that deal, which pays him $10 million over four years."
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 7:02AM EST
Michael Smith is leaving SportsCenter's SC6 five weeks after Jemele Hill
Smith's departure today will mark the end of the controversial SC6 experiment after 13 months. Smith and Hill, the then-hosts of the sports discussion show His & Hers, were brought in on Jan 30, 2017 to shake up the staid SportsCenter format with "personalities" in the 6 p.m. hour. That didn't play well with SportsCenter's traditional viewers, who wanted a traditional sportscast.
Posted Tuesday 3/06/18 at 7:31AM EST
Former ESPN employee Adrienne Lawrence sues ESPN after alleging sexual discrimination and harassment
Lawrence, who worked at ESPN for two years through a fellowship program, says in her lawsuit that the HR investigation into SportsCenter host John Buccigross was flawed. Lawrence released a series of texts, including one of Buccigross shirtless, in accusing Buccigross of sexually harassing her. Lawrence also alleges that ESPN is “a company rife with misogyny” where “women are humiliated, degraded, and forced to navigate a misogynistic and predatory culture" and where males openly watch porn and talk about female employees in a degrading way. ALSO: Lawrence's lawsuit alleges that ESPN host Chris Berman left a "racially disparaging" voicemail for Jemele Hill -- which Hill says is not true.
Posted Wednesday 2/21/18 at 2:03PM EST
Jemele Hill makes her The View debut, and clashes with Meghan McCain
McCain questioned the ESPN personality on whether she thinks Trump supporters are white supremacists. “I still stand by what I said,” Hill responded. “I don’t think that his supporters are white supremacists. What I would say, though, is that they have the privilege, the benefit of privilege, to be able to distance and disassociate themselves from certain issues.”
Posted Thursday 2/08/18 at 6:30PM EST
SportsCenter’s Michael Smith calls out ESPN for silencing Jemele Hill
Smith, who as of this week hosts the SC6 version of SportsCenter by himself without Hill, says he didn’t especially like that ESPN steered away from mining the chemistry between him and Hill. “There was a time we weren’t even talking to each other (on air) anymore,” he explained on James Andrew Miller’s Origins podcast. “Like no more Michael and Jemele, not less, not here and there. No more Michael and Jemele talking. No more of their commentary. It’s just strictly live shots and analysts. That’s what pissed me off so much. I’m like, so wait a second, you all acknowledge that one of the strengths that we have going for us as a show is Michael and Jemele’s chemistry, but Michael and Jemele don’t f*cking talk to each other? How does that make sense?”
Posted Sunday 1/28/18 at 3:52AM EST
Jemele Hill: SportsCenter “really wasn’t my calling” because my previous work at ESPN involved commentary
“The function of SportsCenter is not necessarily built for anchor commentary,” she tells Variety. “So much of my career at ESPN – almost exclusively at some points – has been in commentary.” She adds: “They hired me as a columnist. I’ve been giving my opinion since day one.”
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 11:08PM EST
Why ESPN’s Jemele Hill-Michael Smith SC6 experiment with SportsCenter was never going to work
Source: The Big Lead
Even without Hill’s President Trump controversy, it was clear from the get-go that the SC6 experiment wasn’t going to work, says Ryan Glasspiegel, who likens SportsCenter to an ocean tanker. “They were joining the legacy SportsCenter brand and the show immediately felt disjointed trying to blend the styles of where everyone and everything came from,” he says. “This was exacerbated by the fact that different demographics watch daytime television than at 6 pm — and yes, there was a certain sect of viewers who were never going to give Mike and Jemele a chance.”
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 5:56PM EST
Jemele Hill is “amused by the rumors that I was demoted,” says “I asked” to leave SportsCenter
The ESPN anchor posted a statement on Twitter saying, “the truth is pretty simple and not nearly as dramatic. I asked to leave the show — some of y’all probably need to read that sentence again — because of a strong desire to return to reporting, writing, and commentary.” She added that she considers herself “lucky” to have worked as a SportsCenter anchor. ALSO: An ESPN exec says Hill first initiated talks about her SC6 exit before Christmas.
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 1:32PM EST
Jemele Hill is leaving SportsCenter to join ESPN’s The Undefeated
According to Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch, Hill personally requested the move to ESPN’s vertical on race and culture. “People I trust at ESPN, people who have dealt me straight for years, tell me Jemele Hill asked for the switch,” Deitsch tweeted. “You’ll no doubt hear otherwise. Up to readers to believe who they trust.” Hill’s last day on SportsCenter’s SC6 will be one week from today, almost one year to date that SC6 launched. The move follows Hill's controversial comments accusing President Trump of being a white supremacist.