Tuesday April 23rd, 2019 10:16AM

Anchor who called Trump a white supremacist leaving ESPN

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Outspoken ESPN personality Jemele Hill announced Friday that she is leaving the company after 12 years as a commentator, anchor, reporter and writer.

Hill attracted attention last year and was briefly suspended for opinionated messages on social media, including a tweet that referenced President Donald Trump as a "white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists."

She also targeted Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after he stated that players who disrespect the flag would not play for his team. Her suspension came after she tweeted that fans who disagree with Jones should target the team's advertisers and not buy the team's merchandise.

Hill posted on social media that Friday would be her last day at ESPN.

"This was the place where I became the best version of myself, both personally and professionally," she wrote. "However, the time has come for me to begin a new chapter in my life."

Hill became a rising star at ESPN while hosting the opinion-based talk show "His & Hers" with Michael Smith.

Smith and Hill were later tapped to host a personality-driven 6 p.m. edition of the network's signature "SportsCenter" program.

She left that role in January and went to work primarily for The Undefeated, a company website that concentrates on issues of sports, race and culture.

Connor Schell, ESPN's executive vice president for content, issued a statement praising Hill as "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," he said.

Hill has not announced her post-ESPN plans.


More AP sports: and

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Entertainment, AP Online TV News
© Copyright 2019
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Boat sirens wail, Genoa pauses, month after bridge collapse
Genoa has paused for a moment of silence in memory of 43 dead a month after its key highway bridge collapsed
12:29PM ( 4 minutes ago )
The Latest: Turkey reinforces security posts in north Syria
A senior official says political advisers of the leaders of Turkey, Russia, France and Germany agree that a solution for the rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib should be a political, rather than military, one
12:27PM ( 7 minutes ago )
AP Interview: Poland seeks EU 'empathy' for US sanctions
AP Interview: Poland's foreign minister says Warsaw sees itself as a bridge in trans-Atlantic rifts between the European Union and the Trump administration and wants the EU to show "greater empathy" for U.S. sanctions on Iran
12:27PM ( 7 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Red Wings, Henrik Zetterberg say his playing career is over
The Detroit Red Wings and Henrik Zetterberg say his professional hockey career is over due to a back injury
11:59AM ( 35 minutes ago )
AP Source: Seahawks to sign Mychal Kendricks
The Seattle Seahawks are expected to sign linebacker Mychal Kendricks to a one-year contract despite his recent guilty plea on insider trading charges
11:36AM ( 58 minutes ago )
US Open umpire tells AP he is focusing on 'working again'
The chair umpire who penalized Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final tells The Associated Press he is 'just focusing on this tie and working again'
11:19AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Sports
Celebs turn out to help Rihanna's Diamond Ball shine bright
Rihanna's Diamond Ball shined in its fourth year and continued to make a name as one of the industry's white-hot and must-attend parties _ all while raising money for charity
11:29AM ( 1 hour ago )
Cuomo cruises past Nixon in NY gubernatorial primary
Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has defeated primary challenger Cynthia Nixon
2:34AM ( 10 hours ago )
Ravens can't recover from Bengals' dominant 1st half
By the time the Ravens figured out what they needed to do, they were too far behind and their streak of five straight Thursday night wins was tottering. A second-half comeback wasn't nearly enough as the Cincinnati Bengals held on for a 34-23 victory
1:38AM ( 10 hours ago )
AP Entertainment
Emmy hosts Che, Jost ready for fun, politics, even mishaps
Emmy hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost aren't concerned about juggling fun and politics at next week's ceremony
6:37PM ( 17 hours ago )
CBS reporter says she felt threatened by Fager message
CBS News reporter Jericka Duncan says she was threatened to get a message from '60 Minutes' top executive Jeff Fager to 'be careful' in reporting accusations about him
5:02PM ( 19 hours ago )
Newly minted Emmy winner John Legend joins 'The Voice'
John Legend, fresh off EGOT-minting Emmy win, is joining NBC's 'The Voice' as a coach
3:12PM ( 21 hours ago )
AP Online TV News
The Latest: Kavanaugh denies sexual misconduct allegation
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is denying a sexual misconduct allegation from when he was in high school
12:17PM ( 16 minutes ago )
San Francisco statue that some call racist is removed
Workers have removed a 19th century statue near San Francisco's City Hall that some have said is racist and demeaning to indigenous people
12:16PM ( 18 minutes ago )
The Latest: Manafort plea deal requires truthful cooperation
A judge says former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's plea deal requires him to cooperate "fully and truthfully" with the special counsel's investigation
12:15PM ( 19 minutes ago )
The Latest: WH says Manafort plea deal 'unrelated' to Trump
The White House says ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's decision to plead guilty and cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller is "totally unrelated" to the president
12:03PM ( 31 minutes ago )
US stocks edge higher, led by banks and smaller companies
US stocks are slightly higher as banks and smaller companies rise after a strong report on industrial production, but retailers and high-dividend companies fall
12:00PM ( 34 minutes ago )