Trump Curse Strikes Again=> Jemele Hill OUT as Host of ESPN’s “SportsCenter”
Trump-hater Jemele Hill will no longer host ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Hill made national headlines after being suspended by the network for demanding advertisers boycott the Dallas Cowboys. Hill’s demand for a boycott was prompted by Jerry Jones’ decision to stand with President Trump’s position on the NFL’s kneeling epidemic.
The Hollywood Reporter reports:
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.
“Jemele Hill officially booted off 6 PM SportsCenter due to collapsing ratings as I’ve been telling you guys was coming on @outkick,” gloated Clay Travis.
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
Hill was so perturbed by Jones’ call for Cowboys players to stand for the Anthem that she called for people to boycott his advertisers.
Least we forget, Hill sparked outrage from conservatives after calling President Trump a “white supremacist.”
Not long after Hill began targeting Trump, the president began to hit back.
“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!,” tweeted President Trump.
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