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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"
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 Friday 6/01/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Jon Stewart to report for ESPN's SportsCenter on Sunday
Source: ESPN Front Row
The former Daily Show host, who has become an advocate for military veterans since leaving television, will present an "SC Featured" segment Sunday night at 10 p.m. ET on a member of the military. According to ESPN, Stewart "will tell the story of U.S. Army Maj. Christina Truesdale, a competitor in next week’s Department of Defense Warrior Games being held at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. The Warrior Games is a multi-sport event for wounded, injured or ill service personnel and veterans. Truesdale, a flight surgeon, jumpmaster and veterinarian, has dealt with several injuries and health challenges that almost took her life. She was inspired to compete in the Warrior Games after seeing some of last year’s event on ESPN."
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 10:33AM EDT
ESPN expands Keith Olbermann's role
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The former ESPN and MSNBC star, who returned to ESPN in a contributing role in January, will guest-anchor 20 SportsCenter shows a year and co-host a few editions of Pardon the Interruption. He'll also host segments for SportsCenter from the MLB All-Star game and the World Series.
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 Wednesday 5/02/18 at 1:17PM EDT
ESPN orders a late-night show starring Katie Nolan, plus a daily digital version of SportsCenter
Always Late With Katie Nolan will feature the former Fox Sports star's "sharp, irreverent and authentic voice." Nolan's new show will cover not just sports, but pop-culture, with interviews with athletes, celebrities and newsmakers. The daily digital SportsCenter will be available on the ESPN app.
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 Wednesday 3/07/18 at 1:41PM EST
ESPN taps Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to host a QB mentorship show, succeeding Jon Gruden
Source: ESPN MediaZone
Now that Gruden is back coaching with the Oakland Raiders, the Super Bowl champion Wilson will host a SportsCenter special where he mentors top prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft. SportsCenter Special: QB2QB airs on April 17.
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 Friday 2/23/18 at 11:19PM EST
Keith Olbermann returns to ESPN for two days next week to co-host Pardon the Interruption
Olbermann will fill in for Michael Wilbon, co-hosting PTI with Tony Kornheiser on Thursday and Friday. ALSO: Why not have Olbermann also host the 6 p.m. SportsCenter as a nostalgia-driven hour?
Posted Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
Jamie Foxx walked off a live SportsCenter interview when asked about Katie Holmes
Source: The Big Lead
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 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.”