Jemele Hill Sets The Record Straight About ESPN Departure: I Want To End 'Rumors About My Job Status'
Many have seen this coming for a while.
Update (September 14, 2018): Hill spoke about her departure from ESPN on Twitter Friday, writing her time at the company has made her "the best version of myself, both professionally and personally."
While she said she's about to "begin a new chapter in my life," the veteran journalist did not announce what she plans to do next. She joked, instead, her new job would be visiting friends at their jobs.
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My new job is gonna be showing up at other people’s jobs https://t.co/e4NKZQMt4a— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 13, 2018'
Hill got serious in thanking all of those she believes helped her to grow during her 12 years at ESPN, including ESPN's president John Skipper. Of course, Hill had some very special thanks to her former SportsCenter co-host Michael Smith, who she called both a "friend" and a "brother."
"I love you, and you made me better in every possible way," Hill wrote to Smith. "I'm proud of everything we did because no one sold tapes out of the trunk quite like us."
Hill's full statement is below:
Over the last several weeks, there have been a lot of rumors about my job status. Today is my last day at ESPN.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 14, 2018'
More from me on closing one of the most special chapters in my life: pic.twitter.com/jReaH5sWhW
Original: Outspoken sports journalist and commentator Jemele Hill is leaving ESPN on September 1.
As reported by journalist James Andrew Miller, Hill may have met with ESPN President James Pitaro about her future with the sports media giant.
Variety reports ESPN is moving away from politically charged coverage of sports. Hill has become more vocal about political topics lately.
In the past year, Hill has become a target of the Right because of her comments calling President Donald Trump a "white supremacist" in wake of the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally. She has also come out in support of players protesting racism and injustice during the national anthem.
Hill has gone from being a broadcaster on the Sports Center and podcaster on His & Hers to being a columnist for The Undefeated. For her next career path, she has expressed interest in production. She told the Detroit Metro Times she wants to do more behind the scenes.
“I know that whenever I kick off the next iteration of my career, it will involve me getting more deeply involved in producing original content,” she said. There are avenues opening up for women of color to provide different perspectives that’s something we really wanted to take a hard look at.”
ESPN will buy out the remainder of Hill's four-year, $2.5 million per year contract, the New York Post reports. Hill signed that contract in 2016 and will receive a payout of almost $6 million.
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