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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"
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 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
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"
“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 Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
Jamie Foxx walked off a live SportsCenter interview when asked about Katie Holmes
SC6 anchor Michael Smith couldn't help but ask about Foxx's relationship with Holmes, which Foxx doesn't talk about.
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 Friday 1/26/18 at 11:08PM EST
Why ESPN’s Jemele Hill-Michael Smith SC6 experiment with SportsCenter was never going to work
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 Tuesday 10/10/17 at 5:55PM EDT
Michael Smith will anchor ESPN’s 6 p.m. SportsCenter alone during Jemele Hill's suspension
Smith will go solo for the first time since SC6, as the flagship 6 p.m. SportsCenter is called, was re-launched in February. Meanwhile, Hill tweeted to her co-anchor this afternoon: “I love you @michaelsmith for being my biggest supporter, a great friend, terrific husband & father. I truly don't deserve you. See you soon.”
- ESPN’s Dan Le Batard: “This is great for the career of Jemele Hill, it’s just not great for ESPN”
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