Jemele Hill is getting a taste of karma.
Hill, responsible for a series of inflammatory social media incidents, including calling President Trump a “white supremacist” and calling for an advertiser boycott of the Dallas Cowboys because owner Jerry Jones told his players to stand for the national anthem (which got her suspended from the network last Fall), the controversial ESPN host is leaving as co-host of the 6 p.m. hour of SportsCenter, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Marisa Guthrie writes:
Sources tell THR that Hill’s last day on SC6 will be Friday, Feb. 2, two days before the Super Bowl. Michael Smith will host the program on his own, as he did when Hill was suspended last October for her NFL tweets.
She will remain at ESPN, where she is one year into a lucrative four-year deal. She’ll write for The Undefeated, the ESPN vertical dedicated to race, culture and sport. She’ll also host issues-based town halls and she’ll be free to do more field reporting and longer pieces, like her recent interview with Lynx forward Maya Moore. Hill also revealed recently that she has started a production company with friend and ESPN colleague Kelly Carter.
While the temptation would be to link Hill’s ‘voluntary’ exit from the show to her inflammatory rhetoric that has essentially turned off half the country, but The Hollywood Reporter is disputing that notion, writing:
“And while it’s tempting to assume that Hill’s social media flare ups had something to do with her exit, sources close to the situation say it was Hill’s decision to leave SportsCenter.”
Well, of COURSE they’re going to say that.
But sports journalist Clay Travis predicted that she would be “booted off” the show due to collapsing ratings.
Jemele Hill officially booted off 6 PM SportsCenter due to collapsing ratings as I’ve been telling you guys was coming on @outkick.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) January 26, 2018
The jury is still out on whether the move will help ESPN’s ratings, but it certainly can’t hurt.
Jemele Hill is out at SportsCenter.
ESPN should stop focusing on politics and get back to focusing on sports.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) January 26, 2018
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