Report: ESPN Tried To Pull Jemele Hill Off The Air For Tweeting About Trump
A new report says that ESPN tried to pull host Jemele Hill off the air on Sept. 13 and replace her with another host, but Hill’s co-host Michael Smith refused to do their SportsCenter show without her.
Two sources told ThinkProgress that ESPN tried to replace Hill and Smith, who are black, with two other black hosts, Michael Eaves and Elle Duncan, but they refused to replace Hill and Smith.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Sept. 12 that Hill’s tweets about President Donald Trump were a “fireable offense.”
Hill slammed Trump on Twitter on Sept. 11, noted Deadspin:
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.
Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.
No the media doesn’t make it a threat. It IS a threat. He has empowered white supremacists (see: Charlottesville).
He is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected.
ESPN called Hill and asked her to host the show with Smith, which she did, according to ThinkProgress.
Rob King, the senior vice president for news and information at SportsCenter, issued a statement to ThinkProgress:
Yesterday was a hard and unusual day, with a number of people interpreting the day without a full picture that happened. In the end, ultimately, Michael and Jemele appearing on the show last night and doing the show the way they did is the outcome we always desired.
It’s not clear what the desired “outcome” was.