Jemele Hill, the American journalist who held it down at ESPN for 12 years, has announced her departure from the global pay television sports channel.
Jemele Hill was at the center of a controversy involving the Walt Disney-owned cable network, when she called President Donald Trump a “white supremacist” on social media last year. The journalist who confirmed she will leave the network to pursue other ventures, wrote on Twitter;
“Over the last several weeks, there have been a lot of rumors about my job status. ”Today is my last day at ESPN.”
She also wrote on Instagram;
A very special chapter in my life is ending, but I’m truly energized by everything that’s coming next. I appreciate all the love and support I’ve received. Hope you stay with me on this incredible journey!
Connor Schell, the ESPN executive vice president who oversees all ESPN content, said in a statement that Hill was “an exceptionally talented writer, storyteller host and commentator whose unique voice has made ESPN’s many platforms better over the last 12 years. As she moves forward into the next phase of her career, with the desire to produce content outside of sports, we wish her the best and thank her for her work.”
Hill’s salvo against Trump in 2017 was followed a few weeks later by a tweet suggesting people boycott sponsors of the Dallas Cowboys in response to comments owner Jerry Jones made about player protests during the national anthem. ESPN suspended her for two weeks.
However in an interview with Variety, she admitted that some ESPN aficionados may have been turned off by the comments.
”The people that don’t want to get past it won’t. They made their decision not to. It’s not something that bothers me. They have a definite right to feel that way,” she said.
“When I started at ESPN in 2006, I had no idea that such a wonderful journey would take place over the next 12 years,” she said in a statement Friday.
“This was the place where I became the best version of myself, both personally and professionally.”