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Posted: September 14, 2018

Jemele Hill confirms exit from ESPN

Jemele Hill Announces She Will Be Leaving ESPN

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

After weeks of speculation, Jemele Hill has confirmed she is leaving ESPN.

“Over the last several weeks, there have been a lot of rumors about my job status. Today is my last day at ESPN,” Hill said in a tweet posted Friday.

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“When I started at ESPN in 2006, I had no idea that such a wonderful journey would take place over the next 12 years,” Hill said in a statement included with her tweet. “This was the place where I became the best version of myself, both personally and professionally.

“However, the time has come for me to begin a new chapter in my life.”

Related: Jemele Hill to part ways with ESPN, formed production company, reports say

Hill went on to thank her co-workers, including “His and Hers” and SportsCenter co-host Michael Smith.

“There are so many people to thank, but it’s worth me singling out a few that were instrumental during my time at ESPN.

“To my friend, brother and former co-host Michael Smith: I love you and you made me better in every possible way. I’m proud of everything we did, because nobody sold tapes out the trunk quite like us.

“And to the rest of my ESPN colleagues: I am humbled and forever grateful to have worked with you. I am in awe of your talents. I’ll always be rooting for you.” 

Hill didn’t specify what is next for her, but amid reports of her exit last month, it was speculated that the veteran journalist would move into production.

The Athletic media reporter Richard Deitsch said in August that Hill and her longtime friend, journalist Kelley L. Carter, who writes for ESPN’s The Undefeated, are moving into production with their company Lodge Freeway Media. 

James Miller, who first reported that Hill was leaving the company, said Hill will move to Los Angeles Oct. 1, after she finishes up some remaining assignments.

Hill mentioned the next phase of her career in an interview with Detroit Metro Times.

“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 in the Aug. 1 interview. “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.”


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Jemele Hill to part ways with ESPN, formed production company, reports say

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Jemele Hill to part ways with ESPN, formed production company, reports say

Former ESPN SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill will reportedly leave the network by Sept. 1.

Journalist James Miller reported Saturday on Twitter that Hill and the sports network came to an amicable buyout of her multimillion-dollar contract. Hill has been with ESPN since 2006.

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Hill has not confirmed the move, but tweeted, “Live look at my mentions” with a gif of a dumpster fire.

ESPN suspended Hill in October over her tweets in which she said those upset with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ views on player protests should take issue with advertisers, not players.

“Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ’s statement, boycott his advertisers,” she tweeted Oct. 8.

Hill returned after a two-week suspension.

Hill left her anchor chair on SportsCenter in February and remained at the sports giant writing for “The Undefeated,” the network’s vertical dedicated to race, culture and sports. Before SportsCenter, she and Michael Smith hosted the ESPN2 show “His and Hers.” In 2017, they brought their own style from that show to SportsCenter.

According to Detroit Free Press, The Athletic media reporter Richard Deitsch said Hill and her longtime friend, journalist Kelley L. Carter, who also writes for The Undefeated, are moving into production with their company Lodge Freeway Media.

Variety reported that Hill expressed an interest in production in a Detroit Metro Times interview published Aug. 1.

“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.”

When reached for comment on the reports, Hill deferred to her manager, Evan Dick, who could not be reached for immediate comment, according to Variety

ESPN did not make executives available for comment.

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Jemele Hill confirms exit from ESPN

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Jemele Hill confirms exit from ESPN

Journalist Jemele Hill is leaving ESPN. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for BET)

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