Jemele Hill is out as one of the hosts of SC6, the failed rebranding of the SportsCenter edition that starts at 6 p.m. The Trump curse continues as the Trump-hating anchor is gone.
Hill has made national headlines multiple times for her disdain for President Trump. She suggested national advertisers boycott the Dallas Cowboys. Keep in mind these are the same advertisers that enable her to get a paycheck. Jerry Jones took a hardline stance in President Trump’s corner when it comes to NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
Jemele Hill is exiting the 6 p.m. hour of SportsCenter,The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The move comes in the wake of Hill’s controversial tweets about President Trump and the National Anthem protests sweeping the NFL.
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.
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.
Clay Travis never shies away from an opportunity to remind ESPN of their failures.
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
When Jones called for his players to stand during the anthem, Hill became so angry that she called for NFL fans to boycott their advertisers.
Then in another instance Hill called President Trump a “white supremacist.”
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
Eventually President Trump had enough and took a swing at Hill on Twitter.
With Jemele Hill at the mike, it is no wonder ESPN ratings have “tanked,” in fact, tanked so badly it is the talk of the industry!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017